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October 14, 2019

In today’s gospel, Jesus is critical of “this generation” who want some sign—a miracle, something flashy—so that they might believe. He invokes the story of Jonah and the Nivevites who, in the language of the day, were pagans who were in need of conversion and to believe in the message of the prophet.

Then Jesus references the queen of Sheba, another pagan, who came looking for wisdom from king Solomon. He reminds his audience that “there is something greater than Solomon here.” In other words, Jesus is the very wisdom of God. In Jesus we see God. When Jesus heals someone he shows in the act the motives of his heart. He is not trying to impress people with some amazing stunt. Rather he reveals the depths of his mercy and compassion.

So why was Jesus so irritated with this audience? Did they prefer signs, amazing feats, power? Indeed Jesus had demonstrated such with healings, the expelling of demons, speaking with authority. Perhaps all Jesus wanted was their belief that in him was revealed a God who simply wants to be in relationship with each of us. Remember that at the beginning of this chapter in Luke, Jesus urged his followers to pray to Abba (“Daddy”).

In a letter to Ms. Edmee Brenier de Montmorand on May 19, 1868, Fr. Eymard wrote: “Dear daughter, study, study our Lord, and try to understand him, to discover his secrets, the motives of his heart, and you shall be thrilled. Always go towards his heart: this source and happiness of life.”

When we see Jesus in these Gospel stories, who do we see, what do we believe? How do we answer that question Jesus asked Peter a couple weeks back, “But who do you say that I am?” Today?

Let Us Pray:

I believe Lord, help me with my unbelief.

 

Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)

 


About Jim Brown

Jim Brown is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament. He is the former Director of the Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (CEE) and has worked in a professional capacity for over 30 years with the Congregation. He and his wife live in Cincinnati Ohio.