Posted by: frburke23 | July 18, 2016

Thought for Monday, 16th Week of Ordinary Time

Matthew 12:38-42
Some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus,
“Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.”
He said to them in reply,
“An evil and unfaithful generation seeks a sign,
but no sign will be given it
except the sign of Jonah the prophet.
Just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights,
so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth
three days and three nights.
At the judgment, the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation
and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah;
and there is something greater than Jonah here.
At the judgment the queen of the south will arise with this generation
and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth
to hear the wisdom of Solomon;
and there is something greater than Solomon here.”
What was the sign of Jonah? God sent Jonah to warn the people of Nineveh that if they didn’t change their ways, their sins would destroy them. Jonah didn’t want to do this mission but God made it clear, through the use of a whale, that this was His will for Jonah. Once Jonah began to preach repentance, the people of Nineveh did repent from their sins and they were spared.
Like Jonah, Jesus was sent to preach repentance. However, there was a big difference – Jesus is the Son of God. As He preached to the people of Jerusalem, their hearts were hardened. Jesus asked people to repent from their sins because the Kingdom of God was at hand. And so many people didn’t listen. He had taught them, performed miracles, driven out demons…and yet they were asking for another sign. Can you imagine Jesus’ exasperation? What more did He have to show them?
We have the advantage of 2000 years of history. We have the Scriptures. We have God’s continued revelation over the last 2000 years. We know that Jesus is the Son of God, who suffered, died and was buried. He rose from the dead and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
What is our response to Him? Do we repent from our sins? Do
we seek more signs from God to prove to us that He is who He says He is? Even when we have a powerful encounter with God, we forget about it as soon as we experience some kind of cross or struggle. We ask God, “What have you done for me lately?”
It is very natural to doubt. Ask God to reveal Himself to you and He will. He may not answer according to our timetable or in the way we want it to happen, but the Lord does reveal Himself to us in so many ways. The Lord loves us and has our eternal good in mind for us always.
Do I seek signs from God to prove His existence or His providence?
Or am I going to pray and entrust my entire life, all my cares and worries, into the loving hands of Jesus?
Jesus, help me to trust in you. My heart wavers with the wind at times. I grow weary and lose faith so easily at times. But I know that you are trustworthy. Help me, like Peter who walked on water, to keep my eyes focused on you. When the winds and waves of life come my way, help me to trust in your loving guidance and protection.
Have a blessed day!
Fr. Burke


  1. Thanks, Fr. Burke, for sharing your thoughts with us! Both today’s reading and your comments have been a very timely reminder and encouragement for me.

  2. Father Burke, welcome back! So good to hear from you again.Love, Rosemarie :)Sent from XFINITY Connect Mobile App

  3. Hi Father Burke,It’s good to have you back.  You’ve been missed.Hope all is going well for you this summer.Please keep our family in your prayers.  We’ve been carrying a very heavy cross.Good news though, Nick and Adriann are moving back to Chicago from DC.  He still needs a job, and they’ll need an apartment and car, but all will be well.Our triplet grandsons were born on Good Friday, almost 4 months old now;  Andrew, William and Zachary. God bless all you do,Pam

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