Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
July 20 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Exodus 15:1bc-2, 3-4, 5-6
A reflection on today's Scripture:
The Sign of Jonah, the Prophet. . . . (see Matthew 12:39)
"Only show me a sign, and I will believe. Grant me this one thing, answer this one small prayer, and I will believe."
There are times when many of us bargain with God. Signs, wonders, miracles, money, healing, a restored family -- all good things, all worth praying for. But the faith that requires a sign is a weak faith. Faith that requires some special word, some special guidance, some special treatment, is faith only in ourselves. We have turned the word of salvation into a shopping mall for all the things we want in life.
But mercifully, often with the help of the Holy Spirit, we recover. We get over ourselves and we stop asking for signs. And as Jesus said, what do we need a sign for? What is here, what is with us in each communion and in each blessed encounter with another human being in need, is a greater thing by far than any Jonah or the Queen had experienced. What greater sign could we ask for than the sign of something to do for God, the sign that shows only a way to love Him?
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Monday, July 20, 2009
Monday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Saint Apollinaris, bishop and martyr
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