Posted by: frburke23 | February 16, 2015

Thought for Monday, 6th Week in Ordinary Time

Mark 8:11-13

The Pharisees came forward and began to argue with Jesus,
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.

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I think that everyone has asked God for a sign at one time or another.  But when you think about it, asking God for a sign shows that we don’t completely trust in the other ways that God reveals Himself to us.  What do I mean?

In today’s Gospel, Jesus was frustrated with the Pharisees because they were asking Him for a sign to prove that He was who He claimed to be – the Son of God.  You can imagine why Jesus was frustrated.  He had already performed many miracles, spoke with authority, fulfilled many prophecies…and yet they still looked for a sign.

Think about your own life.  How often has God revealed Himself to you through Scripture, prayer, other people, miracles, a whisper in your heart…? 

I know that when I reflect on my life I can see the hand of God all over it.  But there was a time when I asked God for signs – especially when I was discerning my vocation.  Even though the Lord had spoken to my heart, spoken to me through other people, whispered in my ear, I still looked for more signs like the Pharisees in the Gospel.  I am embarrassed to say it, but it is true – I didn’t completely trust the Lord in the way that He was revealing Himself to me.  Everything told me that I should be a priest, but I didn’t like the answer.  I didn’t want to do this. 

However, despite my lack of trust, the Lord continued to reveal His will to me through signs and wonders and whispers.  Once I finally learned to trust Him, my life has never been the same.  The more I give Him my heart and soul, the more He blesses me beyond my wildest dreams.  I no longer ask for signs for I know that the Lord is with me.  I don’t need any more miracles for the Lord to prove to me that He is who He claims to be.  I sense His presence with me all day, every day in many small and big ways.

It reminds me of Mother Theresa.  She had a powerful experience of Jesus when she felt He asked her to start the Sisters of Charity.  But after she began the Order she experienced many years of dryness and the absence of God in her prayers.  Yet she trusted in the Lord and continued to serve Him and His people.  She didn’t need continuous signs and wonders to keep walking in faith.  She walked in the dark, but in faith.

May we too trust in the Lord and His providence in our lives.  He loves us and is always with us.  He continually reveals Himself to us on a daily basis if only we slow down and listen and watch and believe.

Have a blessed day!
Fr. Burke

https://frburke23.wordpress.com

Here is the Spanish translation:

San Marcos 8,11-13

Entonces llegaron los fariseos, que comenzaron a discutir con él; y, para ponerlo a prueba, le pedían un signo del cielo.
Jesús, suspirando profundamente, dijo: “¿Por qué esta generación pide un signo? Les aseguro que no se le dará ningún signo”.
Y dejándolos, volvió a embarcarse hacia la otra orilla.

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Yo pienso que todos en aliguen tiempo o otro  le hemos pedido un signo a Dios. Pero si los piensas bien, el pedirle a Dios que nos mande señales significa que no confiamos planamente en otras maneras en la cual se revela Dios a nosotros. ¿Que quiero decir con esto?

En el Evangelio de hoy, Jesús estaba frustrado con los fariseos porque le estaban pidiendo un sigo para comprobar que El era quien El decía ser- el Hijo de Dios. Ya te podrás imaginar porque Jesús estaba frustrado. El ya había hecho muchos milagros, hablo con autoridad, cumplió muchas profecías… y sin embargo seguían buscando un signo.

Piensa en tu propia vida. ¿Cuantas veces se te ha revelado Dios  a través de la escritura, oración, otras personas, milagros, un soplido en tu corazón…?

Se que cuando reflexiono sobro mi vida, puedo ver la mano de Dios en todo. Pero hubo un tiempo que le pedía signos a Dios- especialmente cuando estaba discerniendo mi vocación sacerdotal. Aunque Dios me había hablado a mi corazón, hablado a través de otras personas, a mi oído, seguía buscando más signos tal como los fariseos en el Evangelio. Me siento avergonzado el decirlo, pero es cierto- No confiaba plenamente en la manera que se me estaba manifestando. Todo me decía que debía ser un sacerdote, pero no me gustaba la respuesta. Yo no quería ser esto.

Sin embargo, a pesar de mi falta de confianza en El, el Señor me seguía manifestando su voluntad a través de señales y maravillas y soplidos. Ya que me enseñe a confiar totalmente en El, mi vida nunca a sido igual. Entre más le entrego mi alma y corazón, me bendice más de lo que me puedo imaginar. Ya no le pido señales pues se que el Señor esta siempre conmigo. Ya no necesito mas milagros para que me confirme el  Señor que es quien El dice ser. Siento su presencia diariamente, todos los días en maneras pequeñas y grandiosas.

Me recuerda de la Madre Teresa. Tuvo una experiencia profunda de Jesús cuando ella siento que El le había pedido que empezara las Hermanas De La Caridad. Pero después de haber  empezado la Orden experimento muchos años de sequía y la ausencia de Dios en sus oraciones. Sin embargo, ella confió en el Señor y continúo en el servicio a El y a su pueblo. Ella caminaba en la oscuridad, pero con fe.

Podamos nosotros también confiar en el Señor y en  su providencia en nuestras. El nos ama y siempre esta con nosotros. El se revelara continuamente en nuestras vidas si solamente escuchamos y miramos y creemos.

Que tengas un día bendecido,

Padre Burke

Have a blessed day!
Fr. Burke

https://frburke23.wordpress.com


Responses

  1. Your thoughts are the perfect answer to why we shouldn’t seek Mediums and Psychics. This is definitely a search for signs. I too admit I would have loved a Sign when crowds went to Rome For St. John Paul’s funeral. I now know the crowd was a sign. Happy Lent. J.P in Ma.

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  2. Gracias padre Burke por sus sabios consejos.. no sabe cómo alegra mi corazón. de saber k aprende nunca es tarde de darme cuenta de que mi Dios s muy bueno y misericordioso…somos nosotros los que deberíamos habrir nuestro corazón hacia él Dios los bendiga

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing your own experience of trusting the Lord! I always would like an “engraved invitation” from the Lord – but He wants me to learn to walk by faith and not by sight.

    A number of years ago, I was riding a friend’s young horse for her. A woman who trained horses and riders came alongside and had me do something that I think applies to following Christ. She put the horse on a long line attached to the bridle, had me drop my feet from the stirrups, knot and let go of the reins, close my eyes, and ride. I had to trust she would control that horse. The result was that I learned much about riding that I could not have learned any other way. The Lord wants me to trust Him totally too.

    Thank you,
    Peggy


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