Wednesday of the First Week of Lent
Memorial Feast: Saint Frances of Rome (1384-+1440)—Patroness of Benedictine Oblates, & Patron Saint of Drivers and Widows
Jonah 3:1-10, Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19, & Luke 11:29-32
In today's Gospel of Saint Luke, the crowds press Jesus to give them a 'sign.' Essentially, they wanted God, at the behest of Jesus, to intervene and assure them that God approves of Jesus' Words and Works. We read the Gospels with the eyes of faith. The crowd's request may seem foolish to us, in that Jesus' extraordinary message of goodness and astonishing miracles should surely have been enough.
Some suppose that it would be wonderful if Jesus were to appear among us today. Then, we could see His physical presence, hear His voice as He preaches, and be eyewitnesses to His Works. Today, we have only the Gospel accounts of His life, and His presence is in us through the Holy Eucharist.
Jesus says to us that no sign will be given except the sign of Jonah. Jonah preached to the Ninevites and converted them. Daily, Jesus preaches to us through the Gospel and the Church. We have one, greater than Jonah, among us. We have Jesus, the Christ, who, with His Words and Works, freed us from our sins when God raised Him from the dead. Thank you, Lord, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Question of the Day: Do you believe that Jesus is our "sign?"
Prayer: "A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn." (Psalm 51)