"They seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet."
In today’s Gospel, Jesus gives a stern warning to the people, calling them “an evil generation” when they ask him “for a sign” (Focus). When Jonah spoke to the Ninevites they recognized God’s warning and they repented. Also the Queen of Sheba recognized God’s wisdom in Solomon and travelled from the ends of the earth to listen to him. But the religious leaders of Jesus’ time did not see the signs. They rejected the message of John the Baptist and even rejected Jesus as the Messiah. They kept asking for signs.
What would Jesus say about us today – would he call ours an evil generation or not? In the media we hear and read of a new casino licence being issued, a government employee involved in a bribery case being reinstated because he has the right ‘connections’, agricultural land being converted to settlement areas to be sold to builders for making resorts, hotels, even a golf course. And yet perhaps religiosity has never been higher! As it appears, today’s generation is also a godless generation that hankers after signs.
It is up to us to bring the kingdom of God to others – first by our example and deeds and also by our words. It is up to us to make people realise that one greater than Solomon is here.
Fruit: Today let me be a sign of goodness at my workplace, my neighbourhood or my home.