Monday 20 July 2020

About Today Readings

St Apollinaris

Micah 6:1-4, 6-8. To the upright I will show the saving power of God – Psalm 49(50):5-6, 8-9, 16-17, 21, 23. Matthew 12:38-42.

‘Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you’

Most of us are fascinated by the spectacular events presented to us daily in the media. We have only to recall the terrible disasters of the summer bush fires and the horrific coronavirus. In a way, the Pharisees were no different. What they wanted, however, was a spectacular sign from Jesus to prove that he possessed miraculous powers. That is why, no doubt, they said to him: ‘Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you’.

Yet, as we read throughout the Gospels, Jesus had only one sign to give us – his risen self after the Resurrection. We need to ask ourselves, how deep is our faith? Do we depend on ‘dramatic things’ happening in response to our prayers? Or do we humbly and trustingly place our faith and hope in Jesus Christ, and unite our prayers with his? Let our prayer be: ‘Your will be done’

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