Posted by: livingscripture | February 15, 2010

Sixth Monday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 He sighed from the depth of His sprit and said,

“Why does this generation seek a sign?”

                                                         Mark 8:12

 How should we live this Word

 Jesus’ sigh is symptomatic of something that makes Him suffer.  The question that follows clarifies the motive of His disapproval. 

 Today as yesterday, people want a sign from on High.  They want to put God to the test and pretend they can interpret His will.  If this happens, it means that God punishes.  If this other happens, it is a sign of God’s blessing.  If that one gets a sickness, like cancer, it is a sign that God is punishing him because he has committed some sin.  If this other succeeds marvelously and makes a lot of money, it is a sign of God’s blessing.  It is a very banal reading and certainly not in keeping with the way God acts toward us. 

 If we enter a bit into the knowledge that God is mystery, we wouldn’t dream of asking for signs.  We know one thing.  God is pure transcendence, beyond all our imagining and infinitely superior to our categories.  The basic certainty is this; God is love.  He Himself has revealed this especially in the incarnation, passion, and death of the Lord Jesus.  This is the real sign.  We see clearly that it is presumptuous and foolish to ask for other signs.  Perhaps He wants to give them to us, how and when He deems fitting.  He will help us understand.  What we have to do is entrust ourselves to Him with full abandonment.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will ask God to help me to seek Him alone and recognize in Jesus the greatest sign He has given us.

 Lord, grant me simplicity of heart.  Increase  my faith so that I may see the infinite signs of Your goodness especially in the sign par excellence that is Jesus crucified and who that leads history to salvation.

 The voice of Filosseno of Mabbug, Church Father

 The eye of faith with the pupil of simplicity recognizes God’s voice as soon as it makes itself heard.  The light of His word progresses in us.  He comes to meet us and welcomes us into Himself.

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