A reading from the gospel according to Luke 11:29-32
29 While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus said to them, “This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah.
30 Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation.
31 At the judgment the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation and she will condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and there is something greater than Solomon here.
32 At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it, because at the preaching of Jonah they repented, and there is something greater than Jonah here.”
Good News: The Son of Man is the greatest sign.
Jesus, the only son of God, walked among people in Israel. He healed the sick, cast out demons, raised the dead, fed thousands, and preached with authority. Yet many Jews did not believe in Him as the Son of God and they continue to ask for a sign. Indeed, no amount of signs will suffice to people of evil generation.
And so Jesus refused to play their games. Instead, He referred them to Jonah the prophet and King Solomon. The people of Nineveh listened to Jonah and they repented. People from far away lands travel to Jerusalem to see the wonders God was doing through King Solomon. Yet the people especially the scribes and Pharisees did not listen to Jesus though He is far greater than any other king or prophet. As a result of their unbelief, they were warned of condemnation to be given on Judgment Day.
The scribes and Pharisees confined themselves in the box of their customs and traditions. They cannot see beyond the laws of Moses because they were blinded by their own pride and prejudices. As the learned elite of their time, they looked down at Jesus, a carpenter’s son, as a pretender. They even dismissed Him as a collaborator of Beelzebul.
Let us pray to God to grant us the gift of discernment that we may see the signs and wonder of His presence in our life and that we may be able to witness all the good things He is doing in the life of others as well as in the world. Let us also have the humility to repent for the unfaithfulness of the world. Finally, we pray that our faith in Jesus His son and savior may grow each passing day.
See also: Matthew 12:38-42 Reflection