Monday of the Twenty-Eighth Week in Ordinary Time
Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta
Readings: Letter of Saint Paul to the Galatians 4:22-24, 26-27, 31-5:1; Psalm 113:1-7;
The Prophet Jonah by Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel 1508-1514
There have been many occasions in Sacred Scripture where people ask Jesus to do something sensational to prove He really was the “Anointed One of God.” They missed the fact the greatest sign that God could send was Jesus Himself. We hear in today’s Gospel narrative, “For just as Jonah became a “sign” to the people of Nineveh, so will the Son of man be a “sign” to this generation.”
While reading Luke’s Gospel, we should be struck by the word “sign.” When we think about it—our world is filled with signs. Signs are designed to guide us and, in many cases, keep us safe. Let me explain with this story:
During the Great Depression in the 1920’s, millions of people were out of work around our country. A Western Union office in New York City advertised that they were going to hire one person, and interviews would be held on Monday. By Sunday, there were already 25 people lined up to be interviewed. When the office opened on Monday morning, another 45 applicants jammed into the waiting room hoping to be the one hired. As they sat in hopeful silence, the time moved slowly. The only sounds they heard were the ticking of the clock, the tapping of the secretary’s typewriters keys, and the dots and dashes of the telegraph key. They waited 20, 30 40 minutes. After 45 minutes, a man walked into the waiting room and squeezed into a place on the floor with the rest. After three minutes he got up, went into the inner office, and returned in five minutes proclaiming, “I got the job!” There was a near riot in the waiting room until the office manager came out and explained, “We’ve been tapping out in Morse Code for the past 40 minutes, whoever can translate this, come in— and the job is yours!”
What then does this mean for us today? My suggestion is that as you walk through this day and become AWARE! God is all around us. Today, He is bursting forth in color and beauty in all the places we walk through and in all the faces we look upon. For all of this, we can continually raise and thank God throughout the day—every day. May I also suggest that you carry it a bit further by thanking someone for being a revelation for God to you in some way? If you can’t do it in person, why not make a quick phone call, a text or an email. An honest, sincere expression of gratitude makes you a “sign” of God’s presence in our world.
Question of the Day: Will you become an outward sign of God’s grace to others?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, grant to me and to all human beings the grace necessary for salvation. Amen.