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October 10, 2022

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Gospel: Luke 11:29-32
As the crowd increased, Jesus spoke the following words: “People of the present time
are troubled people. They ask for a sign, but no sign will be given to them except the
sign of Jonah.

As Jonah became a sign for the people of Nineveh, so will the Son of Man be a sign for this
generation. The Queen of the South will rise up on Judgment Day with the people of these times
and accuse them, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and
here, there is greater than Solomon.

The people of Nineveh will rise up on Judgment Day with the people of these times and accuse them,
for Jonah’s preaching made them turn from their sins, and here, there is greater than Jonah.

Reflect:

Asking for a sign is an effort to circumvent the necessary laborious journey of faith. Faith is all
about trusting God’s words and walking the valley of darkness. It is letting the mustard seed grow
in the darkness and depth of our interiors. On the other hand, insistence on signs and miracles
(which is aplenty among the faithful of any religion) is short-circuiting the journey of maturation
in faith. Jesus refuses to give any sign other than the sign of Jonah, which is all about Jonah’s
journey, through the belly of the whale, into greater faith. Though unwillingly, Jonah lets himself
be birthed into faith. It is a baptism, a paschal mystery, that each one of us must undergo, in
one’s own unique way and assisted by grace, to arrive at genuine faith. And, once we arrive,
like Job, we wouldn’t ask for anything but only adore in awe and love.

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