Homily (Reflection) for Monday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time (II) (18th July, 2016) on the Gospel


Mic 6:1-4.6-8;
Ps 49:5-6.8-9.16-17.21.23. (R. v.23);
Matt 12:38-42.

Topic: Are we better-off?

Some scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus in today’s gospel, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” Jesus replied them, “An evil and adulterous generation asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” Both the people of Nineveh and the queen of the South will rise up with this generation and condemn it at the judgement because they listened to Jonah and Solomon respectively, yet something greater than Jonah and Solomon is here.

The letter to the Hebrews reads, “Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son...” (Heb 1:1-2a). It therefore warns,

...we must pay greater attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it. For if the message declared through angels was valid, and every transgression or disobedience received a just penalty, how can we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? (Heb 2:1-3a).

Surely God has stronger words for our generation. Recall that many of the scribes and Pharisees never believed that Jesus is the Son of God, cf. Matt 13:55-56; Mk 6:3; Jn 5:18. On our part, we said that we believe but rarely do we live it out thereby deceiving ourselves, cf. Jas 1:22; Rom 2:13.

Let us depart from this evil, and do good, cf. Ps 34:14; 37:27. We have received much and are expected to return accordingly, cf. Lk 12:48.

Bible Reading: Lk 12:41-48.

Thought for today: Jesus is the reality.

Let us pray: God, help us to look for you and not for your signs – Amen.

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