In the first reading today we begin a journey through St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans. St. Paul greets the believers in Rome with this – “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” My sentiments exactly.
In the Gospel reading from Luke 11, Jesus says to the crowd, “This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah.” What was the sign of Jonah? One coming to preach repentance. Unfortunately, it is a sign that most choose to ignore. Jesus ends with, “There is something greater than Jonah here.” Jesus is more than just a prophet, more than just a preacher. He is the Son of God. Here’s your sign…
Have you ever asked God for a sign? I think we all have at some time. When we’re just not sure if God is there; when we don’t know which way to turn. “God, give me a sign!!” I don’t think there is anything wrong with asking God for a sign. The problem comes in when we ask God for something specific of our own making. Let me give you an example: “God, if you turn this glass of water into wine, then I’ll do what you ask of me. That will be my sign.” (By the way, that one’s already been done.) I believe God gives us signs all the time. The question is, are we being attentive? Are we open to the many ways God communicates with us? Ask the Holy Spirit today to open your eyes to see the signs all around you.
Father, open our eyes, our hearts, our minds that we may see the many signs and signals you give us today to lead us along the right path. Amen.