Monday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Book of Exodus 14:5-18, Psalm (Exodus 15:1-2, 3-4, 5-6), & Matthew 12:38-42
The reference to the Resurrection almost overshadows the Gospel narrative of Saint Matthew, but the Resurrection has virtually nothing to do with the point that Jesus is making. Instead, it centers on the demand for a sign and Jesus’ refusal to work wonders for these people as if He were a magician.
We know Jesus was not unwilling to heal and lift people, but as He often stressed that such acts are a matter of faith—an aid to honest seekers of God’s love. He has, after all, already performed many “signs,” and one more miracle is not going to overcome one’s refusal to see and believe.
As for all of us, we are in the same position as the scribes and Pharisees. God has shown us in any number of ways how he loves us and cares for us, but God is subtle and gentle, not overwhelming, and we need to seek Him in prayer with patience, hope, and trust. We cannot expect one act, insight, or moment in which we are finally and totally able to give ourselves to the Lord. It is a matter of faith and patience, of awaiting God’s revelation of Himself, which provides us with a sign that He is involved in our lives.
Questions of the Day: How do you “read” the signs that God is in your life? Is it in the faces of your spouse or children? Is it during holy Mass when mere bread and wine transform into the Body and Blood of Jesus, our Savior? Is it in the very gift of life itself?
Prayer: “The Lord, the gracious, the merciful, has made a memorial of his wonders; he gives food to those who fear him. (Psalm 111)