Archive for March 4, 2020

Is it not human to want God to give us a sign that He is real? That He has listened to our prayers? Did St Thomas not ask for the same? How many signs will it take? How many testimonials must we hear? Did Jesus not perform any sign and wonders while He journeyed through the land proclaiming the coming of the kingdom of God? Why then did they not know that the Messiah had already come. Emmanuel had come?

It is easy to deride them at being self absorbed, even clueless but how different are we really? Are our hearts prepared to receive our Lord? Do we already have a deep personal relationship with Him through prayer and His word that we should recognise Him when He comes into our presence. The greatest sign that we should hope for is His peace and love reigning deep within us such that His light burst forth upon those who seek Him.

I suppose those still struggling to know if the Lord our God loves truly loves them should simply look upon the crucifix and contemplate the sure sign of God’s love for them outpoured from the cross; in which our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ hung.

Jesus my sweet saviour, let me be a sign of Your great love for all. Amen

First reading

Jonah 3:1-10 ·

The Ninevites repent, and God spares them

The word of the Lord was addressed to Jonah: ‘Up!’ he said ‘Go to Nineveh, the great city, and preach to them as I told you to.’ Jonah set out and went to Nineveh in obedience to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was a city great beyond compare: it took three days to cross it. Jonah went on into the city, making a day’s journey. He preached in these words, ‘Only forty days more and Nineveh is going to be destroyed.’ And the people of Nineveh believed in God; they proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least. The news reached the king of Nineveh, who rose from his throne, took off his robe, put on sackcloth and sat down in ashes. A proclamation was then promulgated throughout Nineveh, by decree of the king and his ministers, as follows: ‘Men and beasts, herds and flocks, are to taste nothing; they must not eat, they must not drink water. All are to put on sackcloth and call on God with all their might; and let everyone renounce his evil behaviour and the wicked things he has done. Who knows if God will not change his mind and relent, if he will not renounce his burning wrath, so that we do not perish?’ God saw their efforts to renounce their evil behaviour, and God relented: he did not inflict on them the disaster which he had threatened.


Luke 11:29-32

As Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be a sign

The crowds got even bigger, and Jesus addressed them:

‘This is a wicked generation; it is asking for a sign. The only sign it will be given is the sign of Jonah. For just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. On Judgement day the Queen of the South will rise up with the men of this generation and 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. On Judgement day the men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation and condemn it, because when Jonah preached they repented; and there is something greater than Jonah here.’