18 July, Monday — The Greater Sign

Monday of Week 16 in Ordinary Time

Mic 6:1-4,6-8
Mt 12:38-42

“The only sign it will be given is the sign of the prophet Jonah.”

In uncertainties, in our sufferings, in our loneliness and in our despair, many times we yearn for a sign, we yearn for hope. In our patience, when we are lost and purposeless, we yearn for a sign, we yearn for direction. When we are challenged, called to make a difficult decision or when entering a new phase in life, we yearn for a sign, we want to know we are making the best decisions for ourselves and for others.

The readings today tell us of how these signs have been occurring since our very existence. All the situations that we have faced so far have led us to where we are today. Some signs we have noticed and listened, others we have ignored and others we have simply disobeyed.

Signs can come from many sources — the media we are exposed to, the people we interact with, our family, our enemies, as well as God. Which have we been following or are allowing ourselves to be influenced by? Have we been discerning in following the signs?

Like humans and as humans, we have reduced these signs to… “if God loves me, He will show/give me a sign.” And when there’s just nothing that we receive, we choose to believe that He is not there for us.

The first reading gives us a glimpse of how God is ever present in our lives and with us in the challenges we have faced and are facing. But many times, it seems we just want Him to be the solution instead of our God. To use Him, instead of to love Him. As humans, are we guilty of doing the same to each other as well?

As in the Gospel, God has indeed already given us a sign — His Word, His Son, His death, His resurrection, His love, the Holy Spirit, the Eucharist, Himself. And, even more than Himself, the greater sign that He has given us, is our choice. The choice to even go against Him. That is truly how much our God loves us.

This greater sign would be what we choose to do with our lives. In every situation, emotion and challenge, we always have a choice. May we not only look for a sign, but to be that greater sign, to choose to do God’s will, in that He may be glorified so that others may be able to see this sign He has for all of us. Amen.

(Today’s OXYGEN by Benjamin Mao)

Prayer: Dear Lord, we pray that we may always be guided by the Holy Spirit. May we be discerning to Your will for us. Help us to know when you are speaking to us, help us to have the courage to do what’s right. Help us to be humble and not to be tempted by greed. Help us to be like you.

Thanksgiving: Thank you Lord, for the many signs you have showed us in our lives. Thank you for being patient with us despite our constant requests and demands. Thank you for your love.

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