“Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation.” (Lk 11:30)
How many signs do we need to believe that God is among us? It is a beautiful morning, cool with a promise of clear skies and a warm afternoon. It is difficult not to rejoice in the glory of another day. I know there are some, especially the chronically ill, for whom a day like this means little. Others are struggling with family difficulties or the lack of a job that allows them to support their family, but there is no excuse for not breathing deeply, enjoying the simple wonder of clean air and asking God for the faith to live this day fully in Christ.
Jesus warned the people of his day about very similar situations. Although he was among them as a clear sign of God’s love, many refused to look at him as a gift to the world and kept challenging him to prove himself according to their narrow standards, but Jesus would have none of it. He reminded his listeners of God’s delight in the willingness of the people of Nineveh to repent, and told them not to be vengeful like Jonah who was angry at God for being so forgiving. The message remains constant. No matter how often we turn away from God, God is waiting for our return.
Recently, I had the chance to meet with a small but eager group of young(er) parents. No doubt some of them were carrying heavy burdens, but they were willing to put all of that aside to gather with other families seeking a path and a plan to hand on the great gift of faith they received to their children. What a wonderful sign they were of God's healing love!
Today, look for and give thanks for the signs of God’s love in the ordinary events of the day.
Who has taught you to be a sign of God's love in the world?