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Homily (Reflection) for Wednesday of the First Week of Lent (21st February, 2018) on the Gospel
 
Jon 3:1-10;
Ps 50:3-4.12-13.18-19 (R. v. 19);
Lk 11:29-32.

Topic: God or signs?
In today’s gospel, as the crowds were increasing Jesus began to say, “This generation is an evil generation; it asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah” (Lk 11:29). Both the queen of the South and the people of Nineveh would rise at the judgement with the people and condemn them because they listened to Solomon and Jonah respectively. Yet something greater than Solomon and Jonah was among them.
Who knows what Jesus would say about our generation? Asking for signs and wonders is the order of the day. And whoever is not performing does not belong. Many have abandoned God whom I suppose they expect to make the signs happen for signs. However the signs we expect cannot be compared with what God has done and is doing in us, cf. Matt 6:25.
We must make the best of every opportunity we have in life. A day will come when each of us must give account of them, cf. Rom 14:12; 1Pt 4:5. Sings and wonders are useless without God, cf. Matt 16:26; Mk 8:36; Lk 9:25. When one finds God every other thing will be his or hers, cf. Matt 6:33.
Bible Reading: Matt 6:25-34; 1Pt 4:1-11.
Thought for today: God of signs and signs of God.
Let us pray: Lord, give us the grace to look for you and not for your signs – Amen.
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