Hello! Here’s yesterday’s gospel, Luke 11: 29-32:
While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus said to them, “This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it,except the sign of Jonah. Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. At the judgment the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation and she will condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and there is something greater than Solomon here. At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it, because at the preaching of Jonah they repented, and there is something greater than Jonah here.”
I didn’t really understand what it is supposed to say, I had to spend quite some time to find some answers. I might be wrong, but here goes.
What happened was that the people were gathered expecting to see visible signs from God through Jesus. Jesus then tells the people that this generation is evil and they will receive no other signs other than that of Jonah, which was destruction. Jesus was saying how the people have failed to see that Jesus Himself was the greatest sign sent by God. Jesus was the greatest sign because instead of threatening us with destruction, God wants us to obey him not out of fear, but really out of true devotion, by sending Jesus to bring salvation to us, more than a warning of devastation.
It also tells us how little faith we have and/or how often we take God’s love for granted, where each time we receive a sign, it isn’t long before we return to our sinful ways again. When Jesus used the word “evil” to describe us, it’s like woah hold up, we should be crapping ourselves over this! But how we are still here in existence really shows us that God loves us so much that instead of laying waste to us to remove sin, He gave us His only son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins and save us. It’s got me thinking of how often I have failed to recall what God has done for me and how often I have taken His love for granted.
⁃ Ben (8 March 2017)