The Gospel Today
Wednesday of the First Week in Lent
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.”
Reflection (Sem. Herwyn T. Bulaun)
I do not have a good sense of direction. It is very difficult for me to find new places. Sometimes it takes time for me to get acquainted with a certain place. Whenever I go to new places, I am alert of road signs and equip myself with enough courage to ask directions from different people that I meet along the way. Road signs and instructions are very important to reach a specific destination.
In today’s Gospel narrative, Jesus encountered people who were looking for a sign. He rebuked them by comparing them to past generations whose lives were converted after they heard the word of the prophets. I believe the reaction of Jesus towards the demand of the people for a sign was not about whether He could work a sign. Rather, they just wanted to test Jesus and were not really willing to believe Him.
Road signs are a means to reach a specific destination. Their usefulness depends on whether they can point to the location of a place. In the life of Jesus Christ, all His works and deeds are manifestations or signs of who He really is. All the signs that the prophets have given and their testimony are also pointing to Jesus.
Jesus’ signs are enough. This Lenten season, we witness again the great sign of God’s love for us all. Let us pray for the grace that we may be led to deeper faith and trust in our Lord Jesus Christ.