Posted by: livingscripture | February 29, 2012

First Wednesday of Lent

From the Word of the Day

“This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah.”

                                        Luke 116: 29                                                                                               

How should we live this Word

Is the one who seeks a sign from on high evil?  These words of Jesus may stun us, but we need to see them in the context of the hardness of heart that surrounded the Lord.  The signs of healing that He accomplished in the midst of the people were not enough.  Neither were the resurrections from the dead.  Scribes, Pharisees, Doctors of the Law continually tried Jesus’ patience by demanding spectacular signs.  What’s more, their absolute refusal of the Lord increased their hatred toward Him.

But what is this sign of Jonah to which Jesus refers?  Jonah was at first a reticent and fearful prophet when faced with God’s will.  He embraced it after he had spent three days and three nights in the belly of the whale that had then thrown him on the shore.  It was then that he made the decision to be and do what God had planned for him, in function of the salvation of the Ninevites, a pagan people.

What was told of Jonah occurred in the sign par excellence which is Jesus’ resurrection. St. Paul states, ‘if Christ had not risen, our faith would be in vain.’  Because this did indeed happen, our faith rests upon this truth.  This is the great sign and it is enough.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will think of all the miracles Jesus worked and the greatest miracle of His Resurrection from the dead.  I will renew my faith in Jesus and ask Him to help me be aware of all the miracles, great and small, that fill my day.

Lord, I do not want to impoverish my faith by asking for signs but only to continually do Your will with humble gratitude and praise.  You are the greatest Sign of all and all I want or need!

The voice of Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, Pedagogue 

I know in Whom I believe.  My faith in God loses all limitations through my self-knowledge and thanks to the knowledge derived from this, from the laws, from the moral world.  The concept of the infinite intertwines in my nature with the concept of eternity and I feel hope for eternal life come to birth in me.  The more I love the Eternal One, so much the more do I hope in eternal life.  The more faith I have in Him, the more I am grateful.  The more I follow Him, the truer becomes the conviction of my immortality.

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