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The sign of Jonah for an evil generation

Col 3:12: As God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
  Let us Pray ...
Heavenly Father, thank you for bringing us into your family. May we never disappoint you in the way we treat others. May they see in us the qualities of character that can be attributed only to your presence in our life. To you be the glory and the honor, forever and ever, in the name of Infant Jesus our Lord. Amen.
  Today's Readings ... (March 16, 2011)
Wednesday of the First Week of Lent
First Reading:  Jonah 3:1-10
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 51:3-4,12-13,18-19
Gospel:  Luke 11:29-32
  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Luke 11:29-32)
The Ninevites acknowledged God's warning when Jonah spoke to them, and they regretted. And the Queen of Sheba accepted God's wisdom in Solomon. Jonah was God's sign and his significance was the message of a merciful God for the people of Nineveh. Do we pay careful consideration to warning signs? Many losses could be avoided if people paid attention to such signs. When the religious leaders insisted a sign from Jesus, he gave them a serious warning to turn away spiritual disaster. It was that time quality of the Jews that they demanded "signs" from God's messengers to validate their claims. When the religious leaders hard-pressed Jesus to give proof for his claims he says in so many words that he is God's sign and that they need no additional proof from heaven than his own person. Regrettably the religious leaders were not content to accept the signs right before their eyes. They had rejected the message of John the Baptist and at this time they reject Jesus as God's Anointed One and they fall short to heed his message. Simeon had prophesied at Jesus' birth that he was "intended for the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a symbol that will be opposed so that inner thoughts of many will be revealed". Jesus established his message with many miracles in groundwork for the greatest sign of all - his resurrection on the third day.
(Sunday Homilies - Sermon by Fr Kuriakose)


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