Monday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time
July 24, 2017
God is a reality, Not an illusion
“Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.”
He said to them in reply,
“An evil and unfaithful generation seeks a sign.
Today’s Readings talk about obedience to God’s Words. Faith is the Helmet of Salvation and protects us from all hammers of evil people. Faithful and humble people hope in God’s mercy and power in all situations. The unfaithful or proud people who do not believe in God’s mercy and power seek for miracles and wonders in their life. God is not a magician who turns all our desires into reality but God is love and turns all our desires into what is good for us.
In the first reading, we see the Israelites are in panic due to the Egyptians but the Lord tells them not to fear and be still and see the glory of God. Being still and trying not to panic in awkward situations is real faith. In the Gospel, the scribes and Pharisees do not believe Jesus’s message but look for signs and Wonders instead. Their intention was to trick Jesus and declare him a false teacher, but Jesus understood their evil hearts and said they were evilest than the people of Nineveh who were the worst people on earth.
What about today’s generation? Are we better than the generation of Nineveh or Sheba? What is Jesus to us? Is Jesus being the Master who understands us and turns our lives into what is good for our Salvation or is he a genie who turn our wishes into reality no matter how much it affects our health or our salvation. Our God has the power to make miracles but he will do it to glorify his name and power so that people may believe in him and be saved from this evil world. Miracles are an invitation to the Kingdom of God and a sample of the Kingdom of God however the samples are just a tiny portion of what Heaven really is. The miracles are soon forgotten and again we are in the same old reality and if we expect the miracles to happen again and again, then there is something wrong with us. We need to go beyond these miracles and believe in Jesus. Every miracle glorifies God and invites others to the Kingdom of God. Once we are with Jesus, we do not need any miracles because we have Jesus in us and the power is given to us to make the same miracles as Jesus for the glory of God.