Except the sign of Jonah

And the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to test him they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” So he left them and departed.

So often Jesus speaks with veiled speech. It is easy for us, two millennia later, to understand what Jesus meant when he said "the sign of Jonah". Jesus had already explained it (possibly to another group of people) saying:
For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Yet even that had to confuse his listeners. Who amongst them could have ever imagined Christ's resurrection or related such an event to Jonah?

Do you ever think about our preoccupation with the signs of the sky? Many embrace astrology and look to the stars for guidance. I sometimes seem addicted to the predictions of weather forecasters. And all the while so many miss all of the signs that are evident in creation. When I look around around I see the fingerprints of God in every beautiful tree.. in every sunrise and sunset.. and in the face of a newborn child. Signs of God's presence are all around us if we choose to see such things that way.

Lord, please open my eyes to the signs of your presence all around me.

1 comment:

  1. love this last sentence.....God's presence are all around us if we choose to see such things that way.


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