Monday of the Twenty-Eighth Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial Feast: Pope Saint John XXIII—(1881-+1963) Patron Saint of Venice, Second Vatican Council, and the Italian Army
Romans 1:1-7, Psalm 95-8, & Luke 11:29-32
In today's Gospel narrative, Jesus considers the part of a "sign" in our coming to believe. He implies that the miracles He performs are of no value in this regard. Here, Jonah is seen only as a prophet sent to the Ninevites to call for their reform, which God fulfilled through him despite his reluctance, and the Queen of the South sought only the wisdom of Solomon. In this context, Jesus Himself is seen as God's "herald" based on His message and the wisdom that it reveals. Take all this with what Jesus said in our Gospel narrative several Sundays ago. Lazarus and the rich man, in Luke 16, when they would not believe even "if a man returns from the dead" and "they have Moses and the prophets."
What does that mean for us? That God is not to be sought "out there," in special revelations and apparitions, as much as we are to recognize Him anywhere and everywhere and in everything. It means that we will only find Him if we are earnest seekers, constantly praying to understand His will and to be able to leave anything behind to follow where He leads. Or, just maybe, that God is mostly found by us ordinary people in ordinary things.
I presume what matters is not the setting but where our hearts lead us in our never-ending quest for God. If so, is there any experience, gift, or acquaintance that can not be the basis for our prayer? Let's think about it or, better still, let us pray about it.
Question of the Day: What are the "signs" in your life that allow you to see and believe in God, the Father Almighty?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, do not let me forget that as I become more closely united with You, I will be better able to see and love You in my neighbor.