MATTHEW 12:38-42 GOSPEL READING AND REFLECTION (JULY 20, 2020)
Then, some teachers of the law and some Pharisees spoke up, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.”
Jesus answered them, “ An evil and unfaithful people want a sign; but no sign will be given to them except the sign of the prophet Jonah. In the same way, as Jonah spent three days and three nights in the belly of the whale, so will the Son of Man spend three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. At the judgment, the people of Nineveh will rise with this generation, and condemn it; because they reformed their lives at the preaching of Jonah. At the judgment the queen of the south will stand up and condemn you. She came from the ends of the earth to hear the Wisdom of Solomon; and here, there is greater than Solomon.
POINTS OF REFLECTION
Insecurities envelop many people of today. The presence of COVID 19 has struck all over the world crashing down the world economy forcing the business sector to declare bankruptcy leaving the majority unemployed. Insecurities enslave, leaving almost everyone’s heart in great worries and despair of what the future would bring. This, if not given proper intervention, would likely result in psychological issues, poor mental health, poor physical health and unbearable frustrations leading life in vain.
This complete feeling of hopelessness could only be remedied by turning unto Jesus with full trust and confidence on him alone.
This Bible reading teaches us to have faith in the Lord. It is faith that will make us stronger in times of trials and shortcoming. Faith dwells in us mysteriously. It will allow us to do wonderful things out of our self expectation. Truly faith is a mystery allowing us to forget worries and insecurities. Faith can best be alliterated as follows- Forward All Issues To Heaven. In trouble, lift it up to the Lord for He knows the way out of it.
As the teachers of the Law ask Jesus for miracles for them to believe, we will nurture our faith as small as mustard seed by experiencing God’s presence and listen to the inner voice calling us in our midst with a trusting heart.
While by testimony; many would tend to say that they believe in God, is never enough. Faith really matters for like people in the Nineveh they will rise in the judgment day because they reformed their lives at the preaching of Jonah.
Remember, Jesus is more than anyone else including Jonah. Today, hear His voice and rise together with the people of Nineveh on the judgment day. Amen…