An Evil Generation Seeks Signs to Repent

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For as Jonah became a sign to the men of Nineveh, so will the Son of man be to this generation.” (Luke 11:30)

 

Why is it that despite our closeness to God and all of our religiosity, sin remains like a weight clinging to us and preventing us from running the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith? (Cf. Hebrews 12:1-2).

From time to time, God blesses us with certain life-changing experiences that seem to shake our world. We are brought to our knees by force, we realize more than ever that God is real. We begin to make deep resolutions just like Naaman who upon receiving his miracle vowed never to serve the idols of his country anymore. The problem is that it doesn’t take long before we find ourselves returning to our old ways.

Miracles may move us to a deeper faith in God, listening to the testimonies of others may move us to tears and strengthen our resolutions to be good, signs and wonders may help us become more determined to be good but the truth is that these are not enough to sustain our faith. Why? If our righteousness is based on miracles, signs, and wonders, it means we would need to see at least a spectacular miracle every single day to believe.

Jesus clearly understood what the crowd was asking for, he knew that they wanted to see something never heard of before, so Jesus announced the sign of all signs saying: “For as Jonah became a sign to the men of Nineveh, so will the Son of man be to this generation.” (Luke 11:29-30).

I bet that no one understood what Jesus said because He was referring to His Death and resurrection on the third day. This is THE SIGN; that Jesus died and rose from the dead by Himself. This is the ultimate miracle. If we are not convinced by the resurrection of Jesus, nothing else can convince us.

Let us pray: Lord Jesus, free me from superficial faith. Amen.

Bible Study: Romans 1:1-7, Ps. 98:1-4, Luke 11:29-32)*

Fr. Abu

 

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