The good news for the day March 8, 2017
Wednesday of the First Week in Lent (226)
When the public grew greater in number, Jesus addresses the whole crowd: “This generation is a bad one; its people seek a sign, but no sign will be provided it—except the sign of Jonah. Just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so will the Son of Man be a sign to this generation. In the end, the pagan “queen of the south” mentioned in the Bible will rise with the males of this generation—she will condemn them. She came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon—and there is something greater than Solomon here. In the end, the males of Nineveh will arise beside this generation and condemn it; at the preaching of Jonah those people repented–and there is something greater than Jonah here.“ (Luke 11)
Once it dawns that “this generation” is not about first century Judea—and that it refers to people who “go along with the crowd,” this whole talk makes sense. Some people follow religious, political and social assumptions unquestioningly. Some people maintain ignorance, prejudices, viewpoints and shortcomings got and held onto since childhood–unquestioningly. Such folks feel mildly upset all the time; feel depressed and often defensive, sometimes overwhelmed by evil. They have not grown up into the New Life—the re-birth humble, forgiving and other-centered—like Jesus.
Once you “wake up,” decide to be a Child of God–and not just a child of this world–repent of that way of life in order to follow your heart & conscience—then you become a “sign”—a radiant resurrection that attracts good people. You become a Way for others to follow, a Truth that is not defensive, and a Life that is more than Living.
People change their lives because of you (though you may not know it); your New Life becomes a silent sermon, a walking magnet for people who do not seek a “sign,” but see in you their Good News. The Sign of Jonah is who you are—not a great miracle worker—just being who you are—living for others.