24 February 2021

Reading and meditation on the Word of God, Wednesday in the 1st week of Lent, February 24, 2021


The theme for our meditation today is: A Warning Sign. When the Jewish leaders, religious authorities and scribes pressed Jesus to give them a sign for all the miracles He had done, Jesus did not want to give any. He responded with reaction to silence them. Eventhough He would give an answer, they would not understand and accept Him. On various occasions and in manner of parables He expplained that He himself was indeed a sign from God, but they prefered another kind of sign. They actually did not recognized Yesus as the One sent by the Lord in heaven.

The book of the prophet Jonah in the first reading shows that the people and the city of Nineveh who were known for their sins, heeded God’s warning and recognized Jonah when he came to spoke in the name of God. God presented His sign through the prophet Jonah. Then the city, its leaders and the inhabitants listened to the Prophet. The result was that they all repented. On another occasion, the Queen of Sheba who was not of a Jewish and a believer recognized God’s wisdom through the King Solomon. This shows that Jonah and Solomon were truly signs from God. God’s sign through Jonah was the message of God’s mercy to the people of Nineveh. Through Solomon, God delivered the message of joyful wisdom to the queen and the whole world.

If we are content and ready to accept, to acknowledge, and to believe in the messages from God through human signs, we will find light for our lives and God blesses us with abundant gifts. We will have joy, peace, happiness, and salvation. The problem is that there are always human reactions not to hear, to reject, and not to heed the warning. Obviously those who have these types of reaction do not please God and they will not find the heavenly blessing. The reactions of the Jewish leaders, religious authorities, and scribes were even harder, as they did not accept the signs that came from heaven. They did not acknowledge God who is more powerful than Jonah and Solomon. This was their big mistake, and so the Lord warned them strongly and even cursing them.

We experience God’s presence directly through the preaching of His word. The Word is preached as the light and source of our lives through the various ministries of the Church. In the Eucharist, the word becomes the Body of Jesus we receive and eat. In the sacrament of Reconciliation, the word becomes a gift of mercy that forgives and saves us from sin. In the homilies, the word becomes a spiritual spring that satisfies our thirsty souls. In the blessing of the priest, the word becomes a spiritual force that strengthens our spiritual life. In the spiritual songs, the word becomes a gentle touch that makes us calm and comfortable. In the counsel of parents and adults, the word protects us. So throughout our lives the word of God is incarnated. We just need to accept and acknowledge that there is God, and then we fulfill His will.

Let’s pray. In the name of the Father … O most loving and generous Father, fill our hearts with Your wisdom and love so that we may grow in the way You want us to be. Let us always acknowledge You and Your plan for us. Glory to the Father … In the name of the Father …

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