“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives - choice, not chance, determines your destiny.” ― Aristotle: (384–322 BC: was an ancient Greek philosopher and scientist)
Gospel Text: (MK 8:11-13)
The Pharisees came forward and began to argue with Jesus,
seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him.
He sighed from the depth of his spirit and said,
"Why does this generation seek a sign?
Amen, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation."
Then he left them, got into the boat again,
and went off to the other shore.
Today’s readings from Mass are an example of how much God loves us by giving us the ability to choose. There are no predetermined options, the way we live is up to us. There are no illusions. Our choices are on us.
By asking us to look within ourselves God is letting us choose how we live our lives. Are we a sign of faith, hope, or love? Do we see the good things God’s presence in our lives bring us and give praise?
God’s love for us is so great that he is still with us even when some of our choices aren’t so great. Today let’s pray that our daily actions, words, and deeds become a symbol to others. The sign we hang doesn’t have to be big and flashy just simple and clear. Make good choices and love one another.