Posted by: frburke23 | October 13, 2014

Thought for Monday, 28th Week in Ordinary Time

Luke 11:29-32

While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus said to them,
“This generation is an evil generation;
it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it,
except the sign of Jonah.
Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites,
so will the Son of Man be to this generation.
At the judgment
the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation
and she will condemn them,
because she came from the ends of the earth
to hear the wisdom of Solomon,
and there is something greater than Solomon here.
At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation
and condemn it,
because at the preaching of Jonah they repented,
and there is something greater than Jonah here.”


Why does Jesus say, “This generation is an evil generation”?  They are looking for a sign in order to change their lives.  It was not enough that they had Jesus, the Son of God, among them.  They still were looking for something more.

We live in an evil generation as well.  We have had over 2000 years of history since Jesus rose from the dead to save us.  We have had time to study societies rise and fall over that same period.  The “great” empires in Rome and Greece began to fall when their moral life began to crumble.  Our country was founded on God and Christian principles.  And yet little by little, we have taken God out of our public life and our moral life has been crumbling.  We are following the same pattern as the Romans and Greeks.

The Ninevites were a terribly sinful Gentile society.  God sent Jonah as a prophet into their midst to preach a message of repentance.  Fortunately for them, the Ninevites heeded the warnings of Jonah and converted.

The Queen of Sheba (queen of the south) traveled a long distance to hear Solomon and she converted as well as her people.  Jesus is making a point that others have converted after hearing Jonah and Solomon.  Jesus was right there in their midst and many continued their sinful lives.  What is it going to take for us to change our ways? 

It is time for us Christians to stand together and speak up.  We are the majority in this nation, yet the vocal minority has gained control.  Why have we allowed that to happen?  Why are we embarrassed to speak about Jesus in public?  Why have we let our values be submerged in a secular culture? 

We need another Jonah to preach repentance.  We need to listen to the voice of God in each of our lives and turn away from sin and turn back to God.  We have allowed tolerance to rule the day instead of truth.  There is a difference between tolerance and love.  Jesus teaches us to love the sinner but hate the sin.  He lost many friends and followers because He preached the truth.  He did not tolerate immoral behavior.  He called people to change, to conversion, to holiness of life.

The Lord is calling each one of us to conversion and to holiness.  And by our holy lives, we should be calling others to holiness as well.  If we don’t change our ways we will end up like the Romans and the Greeks.

Have a blessed day!
Fr. Burke

Here is the Spanish translation:

Lucas 11:29-32

Mientras que más personas se reunían en la multitud,  Jesús les dijo,

Está generación es una generación malvada;
Piden una señal, pero la señal no les será dada’
Sino la señal de Jonás.
Así como Jonás  fue una señal para los Ninivitas,
así será el Hijo del Hombre para esta generación.
En el juicio
La reina del sur se levantara con los hombres de esta generación
y ella los condenara,
porque ella vino de los confines de la tierra
para oír la sabiduría de Salomón,
y hay algo más grande que Salomón aquí.
En el juicio, los hombres de Nínive se levantaran con esta generación
y la condenara,
por qué en la predicación de Jonás se arrepintieron,
y hay algo más grande que Jonás aquí.”

¿Por qué dice Jesús, “Esta generación es una generación malvada”? Ellos están buscando una señal a fin de cambiar sus vidas. No fue suficiente que tenían a Jesús, el Hijo de Dios, entre ellos. Todavía estaban buscando algo más.

Nosotros también vivimos en una generación mala. Hemos tenido más de 2000 años de historia desde que Jesús resucitó de entre los muertos para salvarnos. Hemos tenido tiempo para estudiar sociedades que suben y bajan en el mismo período. Los “grandes” imperios de Roma y Grecia comenzaron a caer cuando su vida moral comenzó a desmoronarse. Nuestro país fue fundado en los principios de Dios y los cristianos. Y, sin embargo, poco a poco, hemos sacado a Dios fuera de nuestra vida pública y nuestra vida moral se ha estado desmoronando. Estamos siguiendo el mismo patrón que los Romanos y los Griegos.

Los Ninivitas eran una sociedad de Gentiles terriblemente pecadora. Dios envió a Jonás como un profeta en medio de ellos para predicar un mensaje de arrepentimiento. Afortunadamente para ellos, los Ninivitas hicieron caso a las advertencias de Jonás y se convirtieron.

La Reina de Saba (reina del Sur) viajo una larga distancia para escuchar a Salomón y ella se convirtió al igual que su gente. Jesús está haciendo un punto que otros se han convertido después de escuchar a Jonás y Salomón. Jesús estaba allí en medio de ellos y muchos continuaron sus vidas pecadoras. ¿Qué es lo que nos llevara a cambiar nuestros caminos?

Es hora de que nosotros los cristianos estemos juntos y hablemos. Somos la mayoría en esta nación, sin embargo, la minoría vocal ha ganado el control. ¿Por qué hemos permitido que eso suceda? ¿Por qué nos da vergüenza hablar de Jesús en público? ¿Por qué hemos permitido que nuestros valores sean sumergidos en una cultura secular?

Necesitamos otro Jonás para predicar el arrepentimiento. Tenemos que escuchar la voz de Dios en cada una de nuestras vidas y alejarnos del pecado y volver a Dios. Hemos permitido que la tolerancia gobierne el día, en lugar de la verdad. Hay una diferencia entre la tolerancia y el amor. Jesús nos enseña a amar al pecador pero odiar el pecado. Él perdió muchos amigos y seguidores porque Él predicó la verdad. Él no toleraba el comportamiento inmoral. Él llamó a la gente a cambiar, a la conversión, a la santidad de la vida.

El Señor nos está llamando a cada uno de nosotros a la conversión y santidad. Y por nuestras vidas santas, debemos estar llamando también a otros a la santidad. Si no cambiamos nuestros caminos vamos a terminar como los Romanos y los Griegos.

¡Tengan un día bendecido!

Fr. Burke



  1. I am not understanding the last line of your post? Should it say if we “don’t” change our ways…?

    Blessings, Susan

    • You are correct. Thanks for catching that. Some people are reading to the end 🙂

  2. Why are we embarrassed to speak about Jesus in public? I don’t know if we are embarrassed….Is it more, We don’t like to hear truth?….people don’t like to hear truth.

    Giving…Giving…Giving to the peoples needs and wants. Has this gone to far the other way? We have gotten spoiled. Through suffering and trials brings one to their knees…back to God.

    Example: If I am able to work…do I work or let the Government take care of me….which is telling us “not” to get married….because than you cannot get the full benefits. You won’t qualify for all benefits they offer if one stays single…and have children out of wedlock…so people go the easy route and don’t get married. And what do you hear when you comment that this is wrong? Who are you to judge? God knows their heart.


    “Jesus said to me; How many time would you have abandoned Me, my son, if I had not crucified you. Beneath the cross, one learns love, and I do not give this to everyone, but only to those souls who are dearest to Me.”
    ~Padre Pio, Secrets of a Soul, p. 47.~

    Beneath the cross, one learns love…..

    Jesus said to me: How many times would you have abandoned Me, My son, if I had not crucified you…..We need to have suffering in this world not cater to every little need.

    Jonah pray for us…

    Been Blessed,

  3. Father,

    You ask why the majority doesn’t speak up. I think it is simple, we are confused. When people try to speak up they are called hateful, homophobic, selfish, religious zealots, racist, etc… Now I know we are suppose the follow and spread the word of God (and when needed use words) regardless of these types of persecution, but we are confused because we hear priest acceptance of immoral behavior, we hear the media miss-quote the Pope, without a strong clarification from the Vatican or the Pope himself. We hear the Church talk about “social justice” (which is the same wording the secular progressives have been using for years), without clarification of what this truly meas. These types of events leave us confused, scared, and wondering what it means to accept/love the sinner but not the sin. Jesus spoke with clarity and in complete truths so his servants could spread the gospel. We need today’s Christian leaders to speak with clarity and to be in the forefront challenging the minorities’ secular acceptance of immoral behavior. We need to be led with conviction and clarity!

    Your Brother in Christ!

    Dennis Round
    C-(615) 477-5399

  4. Go Mississippi State!!! 🙂

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