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Today's Gospel: Matthew 12:38-42
Jesus told the scribes and Pharisees that there was something greater than Jonah and Solomon before them. That “something” was Himself, and He was using the examples of Jonah and Solomon to point to His own greatness and also as a means of foreshadowing His death and Resurrection. The scribes and Pharisees had been looking for a sign that would prove that Jesus was truly the Son of God.
Ironically, the scribes and Pharisees are looking for a sign to be performed, while in fact the Sign is standing right in front of them! Although He’s fully capable, Jesus doesn’t perform a sign, but rather He is the sign itself: God made Man. The seekers are looking past Him instead of looking to Him. Their seeking is one of reason and not faith. Only those who look with the light of faith will see Jesus for who He really is – God. I often find myself so intent on looking for a sign that I look right past the Sign Himself. I want everything laid out before me, clearly and concisely. On top of that, I want God to prove Himself to me because my faith is too weak to trust in Him completely. And so I shamelessly taunt God, prodding and even daring Him to reveal His power and wisdom in a way that suits me. I want proofs, guarantees, and revelations. I want signs.
That’s a bold and disrespectful way to approach God, and yet I do it because my human weakness makes me vulnerable to doubt and distrust. I’m impatient and don’t want to wait for God to reveal things to me in His way and in His time. I want it my way. Now. I fail to understand that there’s something – Someone – far greater before me.
Do I demand signs from God? How can I begin to turn my doubt into faith?
Jesus, I know that You are all-powerful and all-knowing. Your ways are not my ways, and so I struggle with that. Please help me to stop seeking signs and instead seek You, the Sign. Amen.
Copyright 2020 Marge Steinhage Fenelon
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Marge Steinhage Fenelon is a wife, mother, award-winning author and journalist, blogger, and popular speaker. She appears weekly on Relevant Radio's "Morning Air Show" and other Catholic radio shows. She blogs regularly for National Catholic Register and at MargeFenelon.com. She's author of the best-selling "Our Lady, Undoer of Knots: A Living Novena (Ave Maria Press, 2016) and many other books on Marian devotion and Catholic spirituality.