“There are times when He Himself allows terrible sufferings, and then again there are times when He does not let me suffer and removes everything that might afflict my soul. These are His ways , unfathomable and incomprehensible to us. It is for us to submit ourselves completely to His holy will. There are mysteries that the human mind will never fathom here on earth; eternity will reveal them.” --Saint Faustina: (1905 – 1938: was a Polish Roman Catholic nun and mystic)
Gospel Text: (LK 11:29-32)
While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus said to them,
“This generation is an evil generation;
it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it,
except the sign of Jonah.
Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites,
so will the Son of Man be to this generation.
At the judgment
the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation
and she will condemn them,
because she came from the ends of the earth
to hear the wisdom of Solomon,
and there is something greater than Solomon here.
At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation
and condemn it,
because at the preaching of Jonah they repented,
and there is something greater than Jonah here.”
We may condemn most of the people of our Lord's time for their refusal to accept the good news preached to them. However, we just have to look at the world around us and see that we are no different from them because humanity throughout the ages has not changed much. We have taken for granted the witness of countless people of which many gave up their lives throughout two millennia of the proclamation of the gospel.
In the gospels, the evangelists described the miracles of Jesus as signs. Surely they meant that the extraordinary phenomena which the people saw or heard of, pointed to something beyond the events.
Closer to our times, we have the apparition of our Blessed Mother in Mexico to Juan Diego and her image miraculously imprinted on his cloak which resulted in the conversion of the Americas. How about the Church approved apparitions of our Blessed Mother at Lourdes in the 1800s and Fatima in the early 1900s? What were the messages of our Blessed Mother to us in these apparitions? Have we acted upon them in the way we live our lives?