Here’s Your Sign

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For today’s first reading, we begin a trip through St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans. In today’s reading from Romans 1, St. Paul offers the same blessing that he begins all his letters with: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and Lord Jesus Christ.

In today’s Gospel reading from Luke 11, Jesus says, “This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah.” Jesus came as did Jonah – preaching repentance. Jesus ends with, “There is something greater than Jonah here.”

I think there are two different kinds of signs that people seek from God. The first, like the people Jesus refers to, is challenging God to show his power. This is wrong. The other is asking God to help us along the way – like looking for a street sign. I believe God gives us signs all the time. Too often, we’re not “tuned in” enough to see them. Wouldn’t it be nice if God just shouted from heaven, “Here’s your sign!” Unfortunately, he doesn’t. So the best thing for us is to be more in tune with him and his will. Then the signs will become more evident.

Father, you always point the way for us. May we be ever more in tune with you, that we may see the many signs you provide for us. Amen.

Today’s Readings

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