“He sighed from the depth of his spirit.” As we listen to these words from the gospel today we can almost feel the anguish and frustration that Jesus experienced. The Pharisees arguing and seeking a sign express their inability to understand the depth of God’s love and care for his people. Give us something more spectacular and we might believe.
We might be tempted to ask what were they thinking—but at times do we not do the same? We look to others and fear they may have more or have been given an easier road in life. At times we can sympathize with Cain for feeling God was unfair to him.
“No sign will be given to this generation.” If one was given would they have understood and accepted? If faith is based on externals and not a matter of the heart, is it possible to comprehend the sign?
Even in his sinfulness God promises to protect Cain placing a sign on his forehead insuring no one would hurt him. Each of us has experienced a sign being placed on us in baptism, confirmation, and the other sacraments promising that God is always with us. And still we look for other signs to reassure us—failing to realize what is already deep within our very being.
Perhaps we need to reflect on how we may cause the Lord to sigh at our own lack of faith and trust. How do I demand signs from the Lord? How do I demand signs from others of their love and commitment? Am I aware of the many signs of love that God places in my life?
St. Peter Julian Eymard urges us to “continue to place your trust in God, surrender yourself entirely to his divine goodness which has never failed you.”
Let us pray:
O Lord, at times of doubt or jealousy send your Spirit into my heart to enable me to recognize and rejoice in the wonders of your love and grace in my life. Amen.
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)