Homily (Reflection) for Monday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time (II) (17th February, 2020) on the Gospel
Jas 1:1-11;
Ps 118:67-68.71-72.75-76. (R. v.77);
Mk 8:11-13.
Topic: Why Signs?
The Pharisees demanded for a sign from heaven in today’s gospel. But Jesus replied them, “Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to this generation.” He then left them for the other side.
Many like the Pharisees still look for signs today. It is important to note that generally, looking for a sign implies an existence of doubt or lack of faith, cf. Jn 6:30. This sometimes manifests itself as a test, cf. Matt 16:1; Mk 8:11; Lk 11:16. Although signs can as well be seen as a mark of authenticity, (cf. Jn 6:14. 12:18) however, lack of sign does not vitiate authenticity, cf. Jn 10:41.
Jesus Christ was set as a sign by God, cf. Lk 2:34. God has shown us and is still showing us many signs with our life as the chief. And we know that “the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple” (Ps 19:7).
Let us cling to God and stop searching for signs. Who knows whether He will like to show us further signs? Second book of Samuel reads, “This God – his way is perfect; the promise of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him” (2Sam 22:31). He will certainly fulfil all His promises.
Bible Reading: Matt 12:33-37.
Thought for today: Why do you need a sign?
Let us pray: May God bless us with strong faith in Him – Amen.
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