Why do you recite my statutes,
and profess my covenant with your mouth,
Though you hate discipline
and cast my words behind you?
To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
He that offers praise as a sacrifice glorifies me;
and to him that goes the right way I will show the salvation of God.
Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.
An evil and unfaithful generation seeks a sign,
but no sign will be given it
If today you hear his voice,
harden not your hearts.
All of the above “tidbits” were taken from today’s readings. How many of us are guilty of asking God to give us a sign so we can truly believe? How many of us recite His statutes to those sinners we see everyday but continue on doing the same sinful habits ourselves? How many of us has uttered the statement “If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times…” to our children?
Where am I going with all of this? Good question. I have been staring at this computer screen for some time now and have thoughts circling through my head that I hope I can make sense of for you.
As I read today’s readings, I could sense the frustration of God and Jesus coming from the lack of faith of the chosen people. That frustration culminates in our Gospel today in which the Pharisee’s ask for a sign to which Jesus replies no sign will be given to you. The Pharisee’s were experts of the Torah and that is what frustrated Christ. They knew full well the message of the prophets of old and the many – MANY – signs God had granted his people. The pharisee’s knew of the creation story; they knew about God’s covenants with Noah and Abraham and Moses and the Exodus. The Pharisee’s knew about the prophets of old and the message preached by everyone of them. What more sign did they need?
That question remains true today…what more sign(s) do you need to believe? We are truly blessed. Take a step back to reflect on all the good God has blessed you with; think about all you’ve been taught going to Mass on Sunday; take a deep breath and don’t ask God for a sign but ask for the faith and wisdom to see the signs already present in your life.
Still can’t see them? Do something great for our Lord today…as your walking to get the 10,000 steps in, humbly ask God to walk with you. Ask Him to remove the “scales” from your eyes so you can see the glory of God around you.
God’s will, not mine, be done.
Be not afraid; just have faith.
Jesus, I trust in You.