Romans 1:1-7; Psalm 97:1-4; Luke 11:29-32
THE SON OF MAN IS A SIGN TO THIS GENERATION
“The only sign it will be given is the sign of Jonah. For just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation.” (C.f. Luke 11:29).
▪The essence of a sign is to point out something. Jesus humbled Himself into becoming a sign that will lead us out of darkness into light. The apostle Paul said, “it is about Jesus Christ our Lord who, in the order of the spirit, the spirit of holiness that was in him, was proclaimed Son of God in all his power through his resurrection from the dead.”
▪He went through sufferings to become a model of consolation to us, so that in our sufferings we will always remember that He was a pattern of resilience. What sign was Jonah to the Ninevites? He was a sign of God’s mercy and love them. It was through his warning that they repented from their sins.
▪If this people saw the sign of Jonah and repented, what is still preventing us from seeing the sign of God to our generation? If we identify ourselves as Christians, it will be disheartening to see us becoming contrary signs in the world. St. Francis of Assisi prayed that he will become a channel of peace, to bring love where there is hatred.
▪We are witnessing unprecedented crisis in the world today simply because we have refused to be the signs of love where there is hatred. Unless we pull ourselves away from the signs that are dividing us, we will not be able to open our hearts and eyes to that sign that will unite us, which is revealed in our Lord Jesus Christ.
▪Dear friend, we are privileged to be among the people who belong to Jesus Christ by His calling. Let us therefore live lives worthy of His calling, so that we will not be condemned by those who did not see His sign yet lived in line with His teaching. O God, open our eyes to see the signs of salvation revealed in the Person of our Lord Jesus Christ, for ever and ever. Amen
Be the sign of what you want to see in the world today. Where others are insincere, be a sign of sincerity. If others hate, be a sign of love. Where there is vice, be a sign of virtue.
May God bless you and have a beautiful week
Fr Joseph Chukwugozie Ikegbunam
Blessed Sacrament Parish, Stowe and Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Morrisville, Vermont, USA