Chapter 6 – Jesus’ Ministry in Galilee – Part 2
Story No. 29 of 34 (Matthew 12:38-42, Mark 8:11-12, Luke 11:16)
Jesus had already healed numerous sick and disabled, removed demons and raised people from the dead. So, why did some Scribes and Pharisees ask Jesus to show them another sign?
Perhaps, it was to excuse their own failure to accept Jesus’ message and repent. After all, they considered themselves to be more superior than Jesus and they wanted to show that he was not whom he said!
On one occasion, Jesus refused to give them another sign saying, “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”.
Jesus was later crucified and He rose from the dead – fulfilling his promised sign of rising after being, “in the heart of the earth three days and three nights”.
These events remind me of the words spoken by Jesus to Peter after his resurrection from the dead, “Blessed are those who do not see, yet believe”.
Sometimes, we don’t want to recognise the miracle happening in front of us. Instead, we want more and bigger things.
Lord Jesus, strengthen my faith and that of Church Leaders. May we be true to our faith and honest Shepherds to God’s people, guiding them to Your Word.
Prayer: Faith (St Benedict)
Gracious and Holy Father,
give us the wisdom to discover You,
the intelligence to understand You,
the diligence to seek after You,
the patience to wait for You,
eyes to behold You,
a heart to meditate upon You,
and a life to proclaim You,
through the power of the Spirit of Jesus, our Lord. Amen.
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Read More: Jesus’ Life – See All 365 Stories
(Note: The story order represents an approximate timeline of events in Jesus’ ministry; Biblical Scholars views vary.)