Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4
The Lord has made known his salvation.
28TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
Psalter: Week 4 / (Green)
1st Reading: Rom 1:1-7
From Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, an apostle called and set apart for God’s Good News, the very promises he foretold through his prophets in the sacred Scriptures, regarding his Son, who was born in the flesh a descendant of David, and has been recognized as the Son of God endowed with Power, upon rising from the dead through the Holy Spirit. Through him, Jesus Christ, our Lord, and for the sake of his Name, we received grace and mission in all the nations, for them to accept the faith. All of you, the elected of Christ, are part of them, you, the beloved of God in Rome, called to be holy: May God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ, give you grace and peace.
Gospel: Lk 11:29-32
As the crowd increased, Jesus spoke the following words, “People of the present time are troubled people. They ask for a sign, but no sign will be given to them except the sign of Jonah. As Jonah became a sign for the people of Nineveh, so will the Son of Man be a sign for this generation. The Queen of the South will rise up on Judgment Day with the people of these times and accuse them, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and here there is greater than Solomon. The people of Nineveh will rise up on Judgment Day with the people of these times and accuse them, for Jonah’s preaching made them turn from their sins, and here there is greater than Jonah.“
Is it good to ask for signs and miracles? Should it be a temptation of the Lord’s might?
Jesus is disappointed with his generation, always looking for signs and never believing. Even Paul wrote that Jews were looking for signs (1 Cor 1:22).
On our part, it is better to avoid the temptation of the Lord, accepting our actions and their consequences with humility.
This gives us an occasion to put another question: do you think that Jesus was humble?
Of course, we remember his statement: “I am humble and meek in my heart” (Mt 11:28). However, in the Gospel of today Jesus tells us that he is greater than Jonah and wiser than Solomon.
Jesus, in his humility, is conscious of his mission and teaching. In both he is superior to prophets and kings. Why? They were simply sent by God, with many weaknesses. Jesus alone is the Son of the Father, whose words and deeds bring salvation to the entire world.
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