Sixth Monday of Ordinary Time

Monday, February 18, 2019

WORD of the DAY

The Pharisees came forward and began to argue with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him. He sighed from the depth of his spirit and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Amen, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.” Then he left them, got into the boat again, and went off to the other shore. (Mark 8: 11-13)

How shall I live this Word?

It is interesting to observe how the Pharisees, the rabid opposers of Jesus, always find a way to place some small or big disagreement on His path. This time they request a sign that Jesus should directly obtain from Heaven. Note Jesus’ deep sigh when He says how far this request is from being in harmony with His divine-human person.
Clearly, the Pharisees were very far from understanding that God’s sign for the world was precisely the Mystery of Christ incarnate for the salvation of humanity. Disappointed at the closure of their minds and hearts, Jesus frees Himself from them and immediately gets into the boat and goes off to the other shore.

Lord, often I too would like a sign from on High. Forgive me. I know the real sign is You, who became a human being, a missionary on the roads of Palestine, sign of Salvation in Your Passion, Death, and Resurrection. You are victorious over all the is darkness and suffering. I give myself entirely to You.

THE VOICE OF an Anonymous writer of the XX Century
There are signs of salvation and signs of perdition. Sincerity, goodness, humility are signs that produce salvation. Complacency, closure of mind and heart are signs of perdition.

Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy
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Comment by Sr. Maria Pia Giudici, FMA

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