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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

July 23, A.D. 2001

Exodus 14:5-18
Exodus 15:1-6
Matthew 12:38-42


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

No sign will be given but that of the prophet Jonah.

Jonah the Prophet was sent to the Ninevites to warn them of the coming doom. Jesus, the Son of God, was sent to humanity to tell them of the all-encompassing love of God. But this message also came with a warning: the Children of Nineveh -- pagans, gentiles, unbelievers, who listened to Jonah -- will rise up and cry out against this present generation. And woe to those who comprise that generation.

The sign of Jonah -- lying in the belly of the Earth for three days, and then rising to complete his mission. Jesus fulfilled everything in His death and His resurrection. When He uttered the words "it is accomplished" on The Cross, it truly was accomplished.

God will not give us a sign. He has given us signs and more signs all through the history of salvation. In the rising of the sun is a sign of God's love. In the circulation of the stars at night, is a sign of the love of God. Do not ask for a new sign. Embrace all the signs of God's tender love for us. He is a father who embraces each of us as though we were the only child He had.

- Juandelacruz

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