October 10, 2016
Monday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time
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.”
REFLECTION (Sem. Lloyd Anthony Pagulayan)
“It seeks a sign but no sign shall be given.” Today’s Gospel is a constant reminder to us on how we should completely and faithfully surrender and trust in God’s will to be fulfilled in our lives whether this be prompted with visible signs obviously manifested in us or in the absence thereof.
Many times we would pray for our Almighty God for Him to grant our prayer intentions but under certain conditions, we would think twice whether that is the answer we have been praying for.
In your love life, you would say, “Lord, is this person the right partner I have been waiting for? Are we really meant to be together? Please show me a sign before I give my yes to him (or pursue her).” There we go. We patiently wait for a hint or a signal before we hit the road running. Before you know it, the person has already left and abandoned you.
“Lord, should I tender my resignation from office now? Or should I wait for my superior to change the way he or she would treat me?” Give me a sign, I beg of you.” Either we miss the opportunity for another financially-rewarding and career fulfilling employment or we end up settling for what is already there.
But there is nothing wrong in asking God to awe us in physical spectacles before taking that leap of faith. I, too, once asked for a sign from Him as I was discerning deeply in my priestly vocation. It took me a year to realise that the opportunity of closely encountering Pope Francis during his apostolic visit on January 17, 2015 was the signal I have long been praying for.
Sometimes in our lives, we need to have bold conviction that our God is a God of wonders and endless countenance. The crosses He entrusts to us indicate His full trust in us. The blessing He showers us with are little approbation and miracles upon which He channels His love for each one of us. Believe. In all these, may God be praised. AMEN.