Monday, October 12, 2015

Oct. 12, 2015 Monday: 28th Week in Ordinary Time B

Oct. 12, 2015 Monday: 28th Week in Ordinary Time B

When the crowds were increasing, [Jesus] began to say, “This generation is an evil generation; it asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” LUKE 11:29

Jesus is the living sign of God’s presence in the world. And so are we. As followers of Jesus, we have the privilege of imitating his example of compassion, forgiveness, and healing in a world that doubts the nearness of God. We have the honor to shine our goodness and love in a world dark with fear and hate. We have the calling to bear witness to God’s mercy and kindness through our own words and actions.

We have a very human tendency to want signs of God’s presence, to need proof of God’s nearness, to demand evidence of God’s love. We depend on our senses—sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch—to reassure ourselves of reality. Yet God’s reality is far beyond anything our human senses can take in. God is a mystery beyond dimension. God is our beginning, our middle, and our end. All that we experience is in God, through God, and with God. Our challenge is to become aware of our experiences, to open our hearts to let God find us in each experience, and to open our minds to accept God’s presence in each experience. As we begin to trust our experiences of God, our five human senses are no longer our measure for reality and we no longer rely on touchable signs of God’s presence. We deepen our faith in God’s Spirit within us and know we are being shown, being led, being embedded deeper into the heart of God.

Ponder: How am I a sign of God’s presence?

Prayer: Lord, I am grateful for every experience you send me. Open my heart and mind to find you wherever I am.

Rev. Warren J. Savage & Mary Ann McSweeny