Today’s Gospel: Luke 11: 29-32
Did you notice this Gospel reading opens when the crowds gathering around Jesus were actually increasing? Christ’s angry reaction to this growing number of followers is shocking at first glance. However, these people were really curiosity seekers, who were not humbly looking for the truth with open minds, but arrogantly seeking proof with closed hearts; all the while convinced Jesus was a phony. Jesus calls them evil because they demanded a sign to authenticate His claims.
God Incarnate was walking on the earth, articulating the very words of the Almighty to those who were hungry for truth, all while supernaturally healing, loving and serving the poor. I have been struck speechless from the vibes radiating from a truly holy man of God but can you imagine the warmth and power which must have emanated from Jesus? There was need no further evidence needed from heaven than Christ’s very own person.
Jesus, God’s Anointed One, was the sign, but they rejected Him then; and we reject Him still today. The Ninevites heeded God’s warning when Jonah spoke to them, and repented. And the Queen of Sheba recognized God’s wisdom in Solomon. May we be given the grace to repent as well in the presence of the Living Christ.
In what ways do I demand proof from God before I am willing to believe?
Lord, shine the light of truth on my mind and grant me a spirit of repentance.
While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus said to them,
“This generation is an evil generation;
it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it,
except the sign of Jonah.
Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites,
so will the Son of Man be to this generation.
At the judgment
the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation
and she will condemn them,
because she came from the ends of the earth
to hear the wisdom of Solomon,
and there is something greater than Solomon here.
At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation
and condemn it,
because at the preaching of Jonah they repented,
and there is something greater than Jonah here.”