The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him. And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.” And he left them, got into the boat again, and went to the other side.
Signs are such a very powerful phenomenon. Billboards have the ability to capture our attention and captivate our imagination. Images on television and cinema can appeal to our senses in such a way that persuades and influences us to but products and support candidates. These are used because they speak to our senses and our intellect. In contrast faith is does not pay attention to signs because it is based in the heart and not the head.
Jesus understood that the heart of spiritual life is the heart and not the senses. A person that can be persuaded in debate can also be persuaded in another direction if the predominant factor is the logic of an idea. But if that person is convinced of something in their heart then nothing, or no one, can sway them. Faith does not pay attention to external signs when there is a strong internal witness. Faith trusts in the Lord and not in signs.
Help me Lord to be captivated by inner vision and not by external signs.