The Sign of Jonah


Reflection on the Gospel of the Monday Of The Sixteenth Week In Ordinary Time

Matthew 12:38-42

The Scribes and Pharisees are asking for a sign. Why? See this within the context of what you have read in the Gospel before this point, starting from the start of Jesus’ Ministry. And you will marvel at Jesus’ teaching and wisdom, and at every healing and miracle that Jesus had done. You will be left without any doubt of who Jesus is. These Scribes and Pharisees had started investigating Jesus, and probably also seen many of the healings and miracles. Yet they were not satisfied. They wanted a personalised miracle or sign. Would that satisfy them? Don’t think so. At the slightest controversy, they would have discarded Jesus, without waiting to try and understand context and meaning. Something like when Jesus in John 6 tells his audience, they will require to eat his body and drink his blood, in-order to gain eternal like.

Jesus in his wisdom replies to their desire for a sign by rebuking their desire for sensationalism, as also their shallowness. He concludes by cryptically announcing his own death and resurrection. But would that be enough?

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