Signs are technically important so as to be mindful of what they implicate. For example, a sign of a “skull” in muriatic acid symbolizes poison that means, once ingested, it can be lethal. Signs are also important in our life of faith because they lead us to an encounter with the Divine. The Rosary for example, does not just remind us of the Blessed Mother but more importantly tells us on the life of Jesus. That is why it is not idolatry for us if we keep statues or images of saints in our homes, for it is not about statues or images but the holy persons they represent, worthy of veneration and that holiness is always possible. Some signs are conventional and presented through actions. For example, a hardworking father is a sign of selfless sacrifice for his family.
In today’s Gospel, people were asking Jesus for signs so that they may believe in
Him. Jesus was not happy for it seems that His presence was not enough. Why need a
sign when He is the actual person prophesied by the prophets? He had cured many
illnesses, He has resurrected the dead, and the blind regained their sight. Yet they still
did not arrive at a certain conviction that Jesus is really the Messiah, the Son of the
Living God. It is ironic to hear from children asking signs if their parents truly love them when in fact their parents work to exhaustion just to provide them food and give them a good life. The funny thing is, we are already presented with knowledge, full, whole and intact yet we still look for a sign to confirm its veracity.
In my journey as a seminarian, I have asked the Lord for signs if He really favors
my desire to become a priest. Later, I realized it is foolishness to look for signs when in
fact, truths have already been revealed. I have passed the exams, and was recommended but still they were not enough for me. I have doubted the goodness of God in my life. I am challenged to be more responsive to the knowledge and truth being revealed. They imply that the Lord has done his part. What is important is how I take part and do my best with his revelations in my life which are more than signs.
By Sem. Ace Quilope
THE GOSPEL TODAY
While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus said to them,
“This generation is an evil generation;
it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it,
except the sign of Jonah.
Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites,
so will the Son of Man be to this generation.
At the judgment
the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation
and she will 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.
At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation
and condemn it,
because at the preaching of Jonah they repented,
and there is something greater than Jonah here.”