February 17, 2014

The Gospel Today 

Monday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

Mark 8:11-13

The Pharisees came forward and began to argue with Jesus,
seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him.
He sighed from the depth of his spirit and said,
“Why does this generation seek a sign?
Amen, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.”
Then he left them, got into the boat again,
and went off to the other shore.

Reflection (Sem. Alejandro Pestaño):

     One morning in our house after having breakfast I sat beside my niece who was then reading a newspaper. Suddenly my niece asked me “Tito what is your zodiac sign.”  I realized then that she was reading the horoscope for the day in the newspaper.  I told her my zodiac sign, but I told her also that I do not believe in horoscope and with the zodiac signs.  There are some people who would really not miss a day without looking at their horoscope and find out what would be their luck for the day.  They look for their destiny through stars – their zodiac signs.  That is how people are at times if not most of the times; we look for a sign because we want to make sure in life.

     In our Gospel today, the Pharisees too asked for a sign from Jesus.  But Jesus said that, “no sign will be given to them.”  If we will try to look at the earlier part of this Gospel, we will see that Jesus had performed many miracles already like curing or healing the sick, casting out demons and even multiplying the bread so that the thousands of people following Him would not get hungry.  The tone of Jesus’ voice in this Gospel seemed to me as somewhat frustrated because, after the miracles He performed, the Pharisees were still asking for a sign.

     We are being invited today to encounter Jesus in our daily life.  Jesus is already a sign, a sign of the love of God to us.  As St. John stated in the Gospel, “For God so love the world that He gave His only begotten Son for us.”  Jesus as a sign of our Father in Heaven is already enough.  Our experiences with Jesus would tell us how we have experienced the love of God.  In return, we who have realized this reality is encouraged to be a sign of God also for others.  We bring the love of God to all the people especially those who have not experienced yet the Lord in their lives.  Our life’s testimony on Jesus would be enough sign and there is no need anymore to look or asked for a sign from God.

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