Readings & Reflections: Monday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time & St. Apollonia, February 12,2018
Jesus sighs, “Why does this generation seek a sign?” The verifying sign that the Pharisees seek is found in the certainty of Christ’s believers who “consider it all joy” to encounter trials for the faith. They sing, “It is good for me that I have been afflicted.” Perseverance generates perfection.
Dear Jesus, By the time you had encountered the Pharisees as described in today’s gospel, You had already performed various miracles and works of power. Yet the Pharisees were not satisfied, but seemed to want something more, something on a grander scale. Lord today, we have, at times, given You the same response to all the goodness You have blessed our lives. We continue to reject You with our unbelief and our repeated sinfulness. Lord, forgive us for our ambivalent and weakened faith and bless us with a heart like Yours which is overflowing with unconditional love and commitment. Allow us to respond only with total faith and belief in the Good News. Enable us to repent, and believe in the gospel. We know Lord that even in the face of your rejection, Your heart will not rest in drawing us closer to the Father and His flock and until we all positively respond to the love You continue to gives us. In Your Name, we pray. Amen.