Monday of the 16th Week of the Year

Matt 12:38-42

The Demand for a Sign

OTHER HOMILY SOURCES:

Which one are you, one of the Pharisees and teachers of the law, who sought yet another miraculous sign from Jesus in order to believe?  Or the unlearned pagan Ninevites who listened to the preaching of the prophet Jonah and converted? Or Queen Sheba who travelled far and wide to hear and test the wisdom of Solomon? Or someone who loves and believes in Jesus, the One greater and higher than anyone else in this world?

Do not be like the Pharisees and Scribes who are blind. Be like the Ninevites. Be like Queen Sheba or better yet, recognize that Jesus, born of man, is far greater that Solomon or Jonah. He is the source of all good things. And when you do, ask for all your heart’s desires – ask for wisdom, ask for strength of spirit and ask for anything.

Many times I felt disappointed that things and events didn’t materialize the way I planned and envisioned them to be. I cry, I go through the normal human emotional reaction. I hurt, yet I believe in my heart that God will make things better. I just have to trust Him and wait. He never failed me! His plan always turned out to be the best but He alone can make it happen because it involved other people and situations that were beyond my control. He always gave me more than what I hope for and consciously dream about. He made me feel so special that, I often tell my relatives and friends, “I feel and I believe that I am, and have always been God’s favorite!”

But when you do receive blessings from God do not keep them to yourself. Recognize the source of your wisdom, your wealth, your popularity, in all humility. Remember that nothing is yours. your wealth, your popularity, in all humility. Remember that nothing is yours. Everything comes by God’s providence. Proclaim God’s goodness, generosity and mercy, that all may come to know Him as he really is. Allow God to use you to reach out and touch hearts that you may bring them closer to Him. (Fr. Titus Mananzan, SVD Bible Diary 2005)

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The early years of Christianity tell the story of a certain Telemachus, a hermit in the desert. Something told him – the call of God that he must go to Rome. Rome then was nominally Christian, but even then the brutal gladiatorial games went on in which men fought each other and crowds roared with lust for blood. Telemachus found his way to the games attended by an 80,000 capacity crowd. He was horrified. Were these men slaughtering each other not also the children of God? So he leaped from his seat, run into the arena and stood himself in between the gladiators. He was pushed aside; he came back. The crowds were angry and they began to stone him. Still he struggled to stay in between the gladiators.

The emperor got irritated and upon his command, a sword rose and flashed in the sunlight. Also in a flash Telemachus dropped, dead. Suddenly there was a hush; suddenly the crowds realized what had happened; a holy man lay dead. That day something happened to Rome, for from that day on there were never again any gladiatorial games. Rome suddenly converted.

The scribes and Pharisees asked Jesus for a sign if He was the Messiah. Jesus reminded them of the prophet Jonah who preached to the men of Nineveh. They repented. It is a kind of repentance that leads to being open to the guidance of Divine wisdom, like the Queen of Sheba who traveled miles just to listen to the wisdom of Solomon.

An evil and unfaithful generation seeks a sign. It will always do from generation to generation. But it will never see a sign until it becomes one-a repentant and faithful generation! (Fr. GdP, SVD Bible Diary 2006)

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During the time of Christ it was characteristic of the Jews to ask signs and wonders from those who claimed to be the messengers of God. It was as if they said: “Prove your claims, and produce your credentials by doing something extraordinary, by performing a miracle.” They did so because they were guilty of one basic and fundamental mistake. They desired to see God in the abnormal; they forgot that they are never nearer God and God n ever shows Himself to us so much and so continually as in the ordinary things of everyday like studying, reaching, washing clothes and dishes, cooking, playing, etc.

In the gospel today Jesus is saying: “You are asking for a sign – I AM GOD’S SIGN. You have failed to recognize me. The Ninevites recognized God’s warning in Jonah; the Queen of Sheba recognized God’s wisdom in Solomon. In me there has come to you a greater wisdom than Solomon even had, and a greater message than Jonah ever brought – but you are so blind that you cannot see the truth and so deaf that you cannot hear the warning.”

Here therefore is a tremendous truth – Jesus is God’s sign, just as Jonah was God’s message to the Ninevites and Solomon was God’s wisdom on the Queen of Sheba. In Jesus we are confronted with God and the one real question in life is: “What is our reaction when we are confronted with God in Jesus Christ?” is that reaction hostility, as it was in the case of the Scribes and Pharisees? Or, is it humble acceptance of God’s warning and God’s truth as it was in the case of the people in Nineveh and of the Queen of Sheba? The all-important question in life is: “What do you think of Christ?” (Fr. Romy Bancale, SVD Bible Diary 2007)

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Missouri, a State in America, is nicknamed Show Me State. People there ask for signs or proofs for any claim or statement one makes. In fact, this happened to me. I was carrying a conversation with my classmate, a sister from the place. In the course of our exchange, I told her that the smallest monkey in the world is found in the Philippines, to which she immediately retorted, “Show me!” Unfortunately I forgot to bring a picture of a tarsier.

The Pharisees were asking Jesus for a sign. They were asking Jesus to show signs and proofs of His claim and His identity. They were asking Jesus to show signs of His genuineness and authenticity. But Jesus would tell them: “This is an evil and unfaithful generation asking for a sign.” See, to ask for a sign is an indication of being evil and unfaithful!

One way or the other, we are like the Missourians and the Pharisees. We ask for a sign or even signs. Yes, indeed, the world is filled with signs we just take for granted. Nature itself is a sign. In fact, everything that is part of God’s creation is a sign, a manifestation of God’s presence in the world. Jesus Himself is a perfect sign of God’s presence, of God’s love and care for His people in the world.

This is a challenge for each one of us to make Jesus Christ, the perfect sign, visible in the world. We ourselves become signs of Jesus’ presence in the world. (Fr. Tony Pegon, SVD Bible Diary 2009)

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July 18, 2016 Monday

I once sat next to a simply-dressed man, realizing only afterwards that I was sitting next to an auxiliary bishop of Tokyo. I was in the presence of greatness without realizing it. We come face to face with greatness and sometimes immediately sense it, either through our interaction with the person him/herself or by what others say. Some hard-hearted people refuse to acknowledge it.

They cannot accept that someone could be greater or above them in social standing.  We have a similar situation in today’s gospel. The scribes and Pharisees were in the presence of greatness, the Messiah. And yet all they could do was ask for a sign. Jesus was already preaching about love and forgiveness and healing the sick on the Sabbath. The scribes and Pharisees were supposed to know where or when the Savior would come. Perhaps they wanted a sign just to postpone admitting to themselves and to others that Jesus was truly the Messiah. Pride reared its ugly head.

We have been given the gift of faith and we believe that Jesus is our Savior. Signs and wonders that God is with us are abundant around us. But we forget this great truth. The graces we receive become a normal occurrence for us and we take them for granted. The sun that gives life to the world, the air that we breathe, the land and the sea that give us an abundance of food. These and more can remind us of God’s presence if only we allow ourselves to see.

Everyday that God gives us is a sign of His love. We need not ask for another sign. God’s presence is all around us. We need to open our eyes and see. (Fr. Chito Lorenzo, SVD | Japan Bible Diary 2016)

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Reflection for Monday 21, Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time; Matthew 12:38-42 – Reflection: A woman who was in her early forties was getting desperate already for she wanted to marry but she couldn’t find the right man for her. So while at church she said to the Lord, Lord give me a sign so that I’ll have my man for my lifetime.

Then she said to the Lord the first man who wears a red tee shirt is the one for me Lord. Lo and behold a well built and handsome man wearing a red tee shirt suddenly entered the church. But to her dismay the handsome man was with his wife and children. The desperately seeking woman said to the Lord, This is not my day Lord, until next time.

Many of us ask for signs and wonders from the Jesus, isn’t our faith more than enough to carry us through with our journey with Jesus? If our faith in Jesus is rock solid we will never ask for any sign whatsoever for what is the use of signs if we have faith in Jesus?

Our faith is more than enough to carry us through our journey with Jesus in this world. Our faith is more than enough to conquer all our fears and problems in this world. We would be able to survive whatever may come to us because we have faith and we believe that our faith will carry us through than any dreadful signs from this world.

Let us not be like the scribes and Pharisees in our gospel who asked Jesus for a sign. Let us rather continue to hold-on to our faith, let us continue to strengthen this faith in Jesus by our solid prayer life. By our frequent presence at Holy Mass, by our frequent visitation at the Adoration Chapel and by daily reading the bible most specially the life of Jesus. If we do these acts of faith we would never anymore ask for a sign.

Instead of asking for a sign why don’t we ask Jesus to strengthen our faith in HIM? Posted by: Marino J. Dasmarinas

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 Sunday, July 17, 2016

Reflection for Monday July 18, Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time; Matthew 12:38-42

Reflection: A woman who was in her early forties was getting desperate already for she was getting old  yet she couldn’t find the right man for her. So while at church she said to the Lord, Lord give me a sign so that I’ll have the man for my lifetime.

Then she said to the Lord the first man who wears a red tee shirt is the one for me Lord. Lo and behold a well built and handsome man wearing a red tee shirt suddenly entered the church. But to her dismay the handsome man was with his wife and children. The desperately seeking woman said to the Lord, this is not my day Lord, until next time.

Many of us ask for signs and wonders from the Jesus, isn’t our faith more than enough to carry us through with our journey with Jesus? If our faith in Jesus is rock solid we would never ask for any sign whatsoever for signs is of no use if we have faith in Jesus?

Our faith is more than enough to carry us through our journey with Jesus in this world. Our faith is more than enough to conquer all our fears and problems in this world. We will be able to survive whatever may come to us because we have faith. And we believe that our faith will carry us through than any dreadful signs from this world.

Let us not be like the scribes and Pharisees in our gospel who asked Jesus for a sign. Let us rather continue to hold-on to our faith in Jesus. Let us continue to strengthen this faith in Jesus by our consistent prayer life. By our frequent presence at Holy Mass, by our frequent visitation at the Adoration Chapel and by daily reading the bible most specially the life of Jesus. If we do these acts of faith we would never anymore ask for a sign.

Instead of asking for a sign why don’t we ask Jesus to strengthen our faith? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

mjdasma.blogspot.com/2016/07/reflection-for-monday-july-18-sixteenth.html

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Monday, July 20, 2015

MONDAY OF THE 16TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) – MATEO 12:38-42. UNSA MAN KAHAY IKASULTI NI HESUS SA KATILINGBAN NING ATONG PANAHON KARON? Unsa may naghari sa atong katilingban – gugma, kalinaw ug pagtinabangay ba? O, pagdumot, kagubot, ug pagdinaotay ba hinoon? Dinhi sa ato, adunay mga tawo nga nagpabiling matoohon ug mahigugmaon, apan mas daghan ang mga tawo nga nagkinabuhi nga murag walay Ginoo ug walay pagtagad sa isigkatawo. Ang trabaho, negosyo, kalingawan ug teknolohiya maoy nahimong babag taliwala sa tawo ug sa Ginoo, ug taliwala sa tawo ug sa isigkaingon. Ang Nobel Peace Prize winner nga si Elie Wiesel nag-ingon: “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.” Posted by Abet Uy

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

MONDAY OF THE 16TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR C) – MATEO 12:38-42. KINAHANGLAN BANG ADUNAY MAHITABONG MILAGRO ARON KITA MAG-USAB SA ATONG KINABUHI? Kon adunay makita o masinati nga milagro, daghan ang mokalit la’g kabuotan, makamao nang mag-ampo, moangkon na’g sala, mawala ang ngil-ad nga batasan, ug mahimong manggihatagon. Apan ingon ba niini ang kabubut-on sa Dios? Sa ebanghelyo, wala patughi ni Hesus ang pagpangayo sa mga tawo og milagro. Nasayod siya nga dili kini ang timaan sa tinuod nga pagtoo ug gugma. Mas nindot kon higugmaon nato ang Dios dili tungod sa milagro kondili tungod kay Siya man ang atong mahigugmaong Amahan. Mas makahuloganon usab nga magbinuotan kita dili tungod sa milagro kondili tungod kay kini man ang makaayo kanato. Si Albert Einstein nag-ingon: “Don’t wait for miracles. Your whole life is a miracle.” Posted by Abet Uy

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One Bread, One Body – Reflection for July 20, 2015

STOP SIGN

“We want to see You work some signs.” –Matthew 12:38

To those who wanted to see Him work a magic trick, Jesus replied: “An evil and unfaithful age is eager for a sign! No sign will be given it but that of the prophet Jonah. Just as Jonah spent three days and three nights in the belly of the whale, so will the Son of Man spend three days and three nights in the bowels of the earth” (Mt 12:39-40). In other words, in answer to their request for a sign, Jesus gave them the sign of the cross.

The sign of the cross is like a stop sign. When we are driving and we see a stop sign, we automatically come to a stop and look to see what is happening. When we see a crucifix, we must react the same way. We should immediately stop. We look on the crucified Jesus, keeping “our eyes fixed on Jesus” (Heb 12:2). This should stop us in our tracks. As mighty men and women of old have reacted (Is 52:14-15), we stand speechless before the sight of the Son of God hanging in agony. We listen to Jesus, as He says: “Stop, and know that I am God” (see Ps 46:11).

Stop sinning, stop striving, stop running. “You have only to keep still” (Ex 14:14). Stop, in the name of Love!

PRAYER “I will sing to the Lord, for He is gloriously triumphant…He is my God, I praise Him” (Ex 15:1, 2).

PROMISE: “Fear not! Stand your ground, and you will see the victory the Lord will win for you today.” –Ex 14:13

PRAISE: St. Apollinarius, tradition says, was ordained by St. Peter and noted for his gift of healing.

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July 20, 2015

Monday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Ex 14:5-18, Mt 12:38-42

Inability to Trust

Both Moses and Jesus had to a similar problem to deal with – the lack of trust from the part of the people they were trying to assist. Those people kept on annoying, challenging and discouraging them through their constant non-confidence motion. Moses, as a young man, felt pity on their pathetic situation and made a futile attempt to help them and as a result got his fingers burned. He had to flee from Egypt on account of that misadventure. It was after long years of Diaspora, mandated by Yahweh, he returned to Egypt to liberate his people from the Egyptian slavery. However, the response of the people was still not very different or supportive. As the saying goes, many of them thought that the “known devil is better than the unknown.” People are often suspicious of change and naturally resist it. They are accustomed to the known and have managed to survive in spite of the hardships. The unknown is a threat to those who lack trust. The lack of trust of the Israelites infuriated even Yahweh to such an extent that at times Moses had to intervene to cool him down.

In today’s Gospel we come across a similar situation. The Jews insisted Jesus to prove his authenticity and authority through miracles. Jesus knew very well the ineffectiveness of miracles to convince the suspicious. In the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, the rich man requested Father Abraham to send Lazarus to his five brothers insisting that such a supernatural occurrence will convert them from their evil ways. But Abraham replied that if they do not trust the words of Moses and the prophets, a dead man’s visit too will fall into deaf ears. Jesus indicates certain examples, all of them non-Jews, for them to emulate. It was the trust of the people of Nineveh in the prediction of Jonah that saved them from disaster. It was the trust of the Ethiopian Queen Sheba that brought her to Jerusalem to listen to the wisdom of Solomon. Inability to trust is the greatest misfortune that can ever happen in a person’s life. Dr Kurian Perumpallikunnel CMI

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THE SIXTEENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

Mic 6: 1-4, 6-8; Mt 12: 38-42

The Sign of Jonah

What is the sign of Jonah? It is Jonah’s preaching of repentance to the pagans and their conversion (Cf. Luke 11: 30-32). The reference of Jonah here was intended to sharpen the contrast between the disbelief of the Jews at Jesus’ preaching and the faith and repentance of Jonah’s preaching.

There is also a contrast between Jesus and Jonah. Jonah, as an ordinary prophet preached to the Ninevites and they repented, but Jesus, the prophet par excellence, preached to the Jews but they did not listen!

The Ninevites recognized God’s warning when Jonah preached to them and they repented. The queen of Sheeba recognized God’s wisdom in Solomon and she went in search of it. Jonah was God’s Sign and his message was message of God to the people of Nineveh. The Scribes and Pharisees rejected the message of John the Baptist and now they rejected Jesus, the Messiah, the Anointed one.

The generation is asking for signs and proof. The new generation doesn’t have deep belief in anything even in themselves. Wherever we become alone and isolated there starts disbelief. When we are together, the level of belief becomes very strong. After the death of Jesus the disheartened disciples dispersed themselves to their former jobs. The risen Lord convinced them  of the necessity to be together on the  seashore during that Easter breakfast and after his ascension they prayed together and received the Holy Spirit and continued the mission of Jesus as a team under the leadership of  Peter  and ‘…the Lord worked with them”.

There are three signs of God’s presence. They are the nature, the word of God and the Community. God reveals in nature – a star guides the Maggie to Bethlehem, you can understand God’s plan in attentive reading of the word of God and God is present in the Community- Jesus has promised his abiding presence in the Community. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us – in the Community. Fr. Shepherd Thelappilly CMI

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They Love Me… They Love Me Not…”

July 20, 2015 (readings)

Monday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Matthew 12:38-42

Some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” He said to them in reply, “An evil and unfaithful generation seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it except the sign of Jonah the prophet. Just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights. At the judgment, the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and there is something greater than Jonah here. At the judgment the queen of the south will arise with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and there is something greater than Solomon here.”

Introductory Prayer: Lord, my prayer will “work” only if I have humility in your presence. So I am approaching you with meekness and humility of heart. I have an infinite need for you and your grace. Thinking about this helps me grow in humility. I trust in you and your grace. Thank you for the unfathomable gift of your love.

Petition: Lord, let me love the way you love – with self-giving generosity.

  1. The Hurdle of Pride:“Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” The relationship of the scribes and Pharisees with Jesus is uni-directional. They demand that he perform a sign if he wishes to be found worthy of their esteem, but they have closed their hearts to any possible openness toward him in advance. Pride makes impossible demands on others and will not be satisfied until these impossible demands are met! Thus pride is never satisfied. It is the cause of division, resentment and bitterness in relationships. Rather than make demands on Christ, we need to make demands on ourselves. We need to make demands that we grow in humility, selflessness and authentic love in imitation of the Lord.
  2. To Love or Not to Love:Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI teaches us about self-giving love in his encyclical letter, Deus Caritas Est. Commenting on the Song of Songs, he writes: “The poems contained in this book were originally love-songs, perhaps intended for a Jewish wedding feast and meant to exalt conjugal love. In this context it is highly instructive to note that in the course of the book two different Hebrew words are used to indicate ‘love.’ First there is the worddodim, a plural form suggesting a love that is still insecure, indeterminate and searching. This comes to be replaced by the word ahabà. By contrast with an indeterminate, ‘searching’ love, this word expresses the experience of a love which involves a real discovery of the other, moving beyond the selfish character that prevailed earlier. Love now becomes concern and care for the other. No longer is it self-seeking, a sinking in the intoxication of happiness; instead it seeks the good of the beloved, it becomes renunciation and it is ready, and even willing, for sacrifice” (no. 6).
  3. Nineveh and Love:Jesus tells us that at the Judgment, the men of Nineveh will arise with the generation of people surrounding him and condemn it. The reason is that the contemporaries of Jonah repented at his preaching. True self-giving love begins with repentance. When I repent I acknowledge the person of God who is worthy of all my love. I feel remorse for having loved him so little or for having offended him who is all love. Love-filled remorse implies a bending of my will affectionately toward the other. This is a form a self-giving love that we can all achieve at any moment of our lives.

Conversation with Christ: Lord, I love you. I want to strengthen the habit of self-giving love within me. Presently my love is weak and short-lived. I can always practice loving sorrow for having offended you. Lord, grant me the grace of practicing contrition of heart throughout the day.

Resolution: Today I will practice contrition in order to grow in effective love.

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SIGNS AND VISIONS – “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you…” — Matthew 12:38

There was a time in my life when I felt far away from God because I considered myself sinful and unworthy. I knew that God would forgive me. I knew of His unfailing love, but knowing is different from believing.

Back then, I asked God to give me a sign that He still loved me. The sign came in the form of a vision. During worship at The Feast, I saw myself standing at the edge of a walled city. The entire place was packed with people who were partying and worshiping God, who was seated on His throne. I stood by the gates, worshiping from afar. It was also raining, but that was OK. I deserved to be drenched in the rain, far away from God, where sinners like me belonged. But an amazing thing happened. I saw Jesus standing by my side, drenched in the rain like me. Bewildered, I asked Him what He was doing away from the comforts of His throne. He smiled and said, “If you won’t come to Me, then I’ll stay with you here.”

I realized then that we have been already given the greatest sign of all: He came down from heaven to redeem us. Jesus meets us where we are. Karren Renz Seña (karren.s@shepherdsvoice.com.ph)

Reflection: Faith requires that we first believe, before we can see. Believe that God loves you. Believe that He wants the best for you. And then begin to see that “best” unfold right in front of your eyes.

Father, when my heart falters, please grant me the gift of faith, that I may stand strong in Your love.

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ASKING GOD FOR A SIGN – A sign! Like some of the scribes and Pharisees, how often do we wish God would give us a sign, a clear manifestation that what we plan to do is right. Many become even superstitious just to discover a sign from God. I remember a friend of mine who planned a summer trip to the Alps but was not sure whether he should go or not. So he asked God to give him a sign. If it rains the next morning when he wakes up, it would be a sign that he should not go. Bright sunshine greeted him the next morning and so, he prepared for his trip, overjoyed. He climbed one of the high mountains, slipped, fell, and spent three months in a hospital.

Asking God for a sign might not be the right thing to do as Jesus makes it clear in today’s Gospel passage when He rejected the demand for a sign by saying, “No sign will be given…”

In the case of the Pharisees, the intention of their request was to know whether Jesus was really the Messiah. In my friend’s case, it was a sign of insecurity and indecisiveness. To make an important or not-so-important decision, all we need is discernment. And discernment is done in prayer in the presence of God who is a loving Father who wants nothing more than to be trusted.

I had to make many very crucial decisions in my life: whether to enter the seminary or not; whether to apply for foreign mission in Japan or stay put in Germany. And after 15 years in Japan, another crucial decision came my way: whether I should apply for a transfer to the Philippines or not. In all these cases, I never asked God for a sign. I prayed, and I asked friends to pray with me, until it became clear what the will of God for me was at that particular moment. And I never regretted any decision I have made.

No, we don’t have to ask God for signs. He has sent us the greatest sign possible: His Son Jesus, who became our Brother and who assures us of His constant care and guidance. Fr. Rudy Horst, SVD

REFLECTION QUESTION: Do you lack faith and trust in God’s providence and so ask for signs?

Lord, thank You for being my Brother who never leaves me. Thank You for encouraging me to trust You always, especially when I have to make major decisions. Amen.

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July 18, 2016

REFLECTION: Today’s first reading illustrates powerfully the sort of general misunderstanding existing in too many Christians’ mind about what exactly God expects of them.

In a dramatic dialogue between Yahweh and his people, the prophet Micah presents Yahweh’s expectations of his people, given the fact that it was Yahweh who delivered them from a state of slavery and brought them to freedom under the leadership of Moses. The people respond by offering to perform liturgical functions! But that is the wrong answer. What God expects of his people is not ritual celebrations but simply loving God (“walk humbly with your God”) and neighbor (“do justice, love mercy”).

The same misunderstanding exists in the mind of too many Christians. These Christians think that by far the most important thing they can do for God is to attend Mass regularly. But where in the gospels did Jesus ever teach that one’s first duty toward God is to attend the temple? What Jesus insisted on was the love of neighbor—on which, by the way, we will be judged (cf. Parable of the Last judgment–Mt 25:31-46).

God has not changed. He is pure love. He expects us to become like him.

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