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Luke 11:29-32: Keeping Our Eyes Open

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Ancient Nineveh

Ancient Nineveh

We ask for miracles. We beg for outcomes. We can see the plan of our lives laid out in comfort and success, if only we might have control. We ask for perfection while it already lies in our hands. Jesus reminds us of this today.

As the crowd swelled, Jesus took a fresh tack: “The mood of this age is all wrong. Everybody’s looking for proof, but you’re looking for the wrong kind. All you’re looking for is something to titillate your curiosity, satisfy your lust for miracles. But the only proof you’re going to get is the Jonah-proof given to the Ninevites, which looks like no proof at all. What Jonah was to Nineveh, the Son of Man is to this age”.

We might picture ourselves in the throngs pressing closer to Jesus, searching for answers we already have; but our mood is all wrong. We are looking for proof and we are looking for the wrong kind. We think we want to peak our curiosity, to satisfy our self-plan, to assure that our lives will run smoothly with no lack of anything. We ignore the Jonah-proof, the astounding fact that the city of Nineveh turns back to God after Jonah preaches its coming destruction. We hear the same word from Jonah and we also ask for signs and miracles . . . while the miracle rests with us in every moment of every day and in every place.

The Son of Man, Jesus, the manifestation of God on earth . . . presents himself to us in the form of the poor, the naked, the lost and forsaken. And we turn away. We have kept our eyes open . . . but what do we see?

For more information about Jonah and the city of Nineveh, visit: http://www.bible-history.com/biblestudy/nineveh.html.

To learn about how Jonah prefigures Jesus, visit: http://catholicexchange.com/9-ways-jonah-prefigured-jesus  

Today, as we reflect on how we best might keep our eyes open, we remember our Lenten practice for the week: Rather than thinking: “I am misunderstood,” let us think instead, “God is so understanding”.

Tomorrow, the many forms of murder.


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