The good news for the day October 10
Monday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time (467)
While still more people were gathering, Jesus said to the public, “This generation is a bad generation; it keeps asking for a sign, but no sign will be given—except the sign of Jonah. Just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. In the end, the queen of the south will rise against the men of this generation and she will condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and there is something greater than Solomon here. At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it, because at the preaching of Jonah they repented, and there is something greater than Jonah here.” (Luke 11)
The public does not want to change–unless troubled. You do not want to change. In general, we don’t want to see and hear uncomfortable truth. Your heart needs to be open, your mind freed of denying fresh truth, your habits independent of cultural prejudice You have to WANT to accept—to pursue—something that changes you, something you do not particularly like or want. The “queen of the South”—an outsider—came to hear wisdom from a King of Israel. Jonah fought his own call to change—until he accepted it. The people of Nineveh repented…repentance means “you change direction.” (This repentance of Nineveh is a fiction, by the way—no evidence exists at all for such a repentance, nor would it make sense—the point is the mythic—the true—story, not a record of history.)
So what is the “sign”? You and I ask fake questions—ask for signs. A challenge comes up—and we fake it; we ask questions but do not accept any divergence from what we want. “This generation”—people “not born again”—accept only what seems true—based on prejudices you got from culture, assumptions of society. A follower of Jesus, you do not ask such questions. You just accept truth that makes you better, you repent, no matter how much you dislike it. You abandon the womb of secular culture. Signs are not something you ask for—you see. You do! You are not fake.