Do we live as if we have seen a miraculous sign from heaven?
In today’s reading we see Jesus reprimanding those who had seen great signs and yet refused to change their lives. The generation he is speaking to had already been privy to numerous miracles. Jesus had healed the sick and lame. He fed 5,000 with nothing more than a few loaves of bread and a few fish. He changed water to wine and even walked on water to calm his anxious friends. Yet still, we are told, they wanted more. They wanted one more over-the-top sign to be sure that Jesus was who he said he was, the son of God.
Are we like that generation wanting constant reassurance, or do we live as if we have seen miraculous signs? We are invited to trust in the goodness all around us. If we look hard at this goodness: the beauty of nature; the love between a parent and child; forgiveness bestowed on someone who has done something unforgivable; if we dwell on these things, then we will certainly see the sign of God’s love within and among us. And isn’t the news of this love, which Jesus announced as the Kingdom of God, what he lived, died and rose to share with us?
What goodness can I notice today? What miraculous events can I trace back to God?
—Judy Henry McMullan earned a Master of Divinity degree from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (formerly Weston Jesuit School of Theology). She currently works as a Pastoral Care Minister at Bethany Health Care Center in Framingham, MA