Monday, February 12, 2018

“What we do see depends mainly on what we look for. ... In the same field the farmer will notice the crop, the geologists the fossils, botanists the flowers, artists the coloring, sportmen the cover for the game. Though we may all look at the same things, it does not all follow that we should see them.”

“We are told in Scripture that there will be signs pointing toward the return of the Lord. I believe that we see those signs in the world today. I believe that the coming of the Lord is near.” ― Billy Graham (born November 7, 1918: is an American evangelical Christian evangelist)

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.

In the Gospel reading today from Mass, Jesus is disappointed, angry and exasperated with the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law. They refuse to hear what Jesus is teaching. They refuse to see the signs of his credentials in his many good works and miracles. Yet they insist on asking for a "sign."

God gives us countless signs of his presence and love for us. Let us pray we are able to see and read them, unlike the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law in the time of Jesus. We see God's love and power in the many blessings we have received from him. We see his love and goodness in the goodness and generosity of so many people around us.

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