The Only Sign We Need

Luke 11: 29-32
Jon 3:1-10/ Ps 51:3-4,12-13,18-19

…no sign will be given to them except the sign of Jonah.
(Luke 11: 29)

No other sign can immortalize
Divine love as the cross on the wall.
Reminds us of the great sacrifice
That Jesus endured to save us all.

As the crowds gathered around Him, Jesus taught them that those who ask for a sign are evil people. “No sign will be given to them except the sign of Jonah. As Jonah became a sign for the people of Nineveh, so will the Son of Man be a sign for this generation. On Judgment Day the Queen of the South will rise to accuse the people of these times, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and there is something greater than Solomon here. The people of Nineveh will also rise up on Judgment Day to accuse the people of this generation, for Jonah’s preaching made them turn from their sins, and there is something greater than Jonah here.” (Lk.11: 29-32)

Reflection

Jesus was telling the Jews that the Queen of Sheba travelled a great distance just to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, but the Jews of Jesus’ generation did not even care to listen to Him, Whose wisdom was far greater than Solomon’s. The prophet Jonah traversed the great city of Nineveh, preaching repentance, (without performing any miracles), and after only a day’s journey, the king of Nineveh and all his subjects repented of their sins without doubting Jonah’s warning (Jon.3:4-8), but here was the Son of God Himself preaching to the Jews, and still they were unrepentant and hard to teach, asking for signs instead as proof of Jesus’ divinity.

We have learned that those who are “renewed”, or who turn from their worldly ways because of some ‘miraculous sign’ are usually the ones who are not steadfast in their faith. Their superficial kind of faith needs a regular dose of the supernatural or the fanciful (like the “dancing sun” or shower of rose petals from nowhere) to keep it burning. A strong faith is not dependent on supernatural signs. It is sustained by acts of piety, perseverance and prayer, especially in times of crisis or the so-called “dryness of spirit”. In fact it is when God doesn’t seem to answer our prayers that our faith in Him is fortified, even without our knowledge.

Why look for signs or symbols when the real thing is already staring you in the face? Our Lord’s condemnation fell on the Jews of His own generation because the kingdom of God was already at hand – God Himself was walking the earth during their time, performing miracles, delivering the Good News of salvation – and they were still asking for a sign from Him – more proof of His divinity. When all they needed to do was believe in His words and repent of their sins.

God has done everything for us, and yet many of His children continue to ignore all His efforts to save our souls. Look at the cross, the perfect symbol of God’s love. How does this symbol on the wall affect you? Does it bring on pangs of guilt? Does it lead us to reflect on our sins, which contributed to His Son’s great sacrifice in Calvary? If this symbol cannot move us to repentance and submission, nothing else will.

Lord, my sacrifice is a broken spirit; a contrite heart You will not despise. (Ps.51:19) Your great pains and death on the cross serve as our inspiration in times of trials, that in the end all things will work out for the good, including our trials. Amen.

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