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Liturgical day: Monday 16th in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mt 12,38-42): 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 them except the sign of the prophet Jonah». 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 them except the sign of the prophet Jonah. In the same way that Jonah spent three days and three nights in the belly of the monster fish, so will the Son of Man spend three days and three nights in the depths of the earth. At the judgment, the people of Niniveh will rise with this generation and condemn it, because they reformed their lives at the preaching of Jonah, and here there is greater than Jonah. At the judgment, the Queen of the South will stand up and condemn you. She came from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, and here there is greater than Solomon».

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today we hear from Jesus an answer that fits like "a glove on the hand." When we pray little we become materialistic, and then we only accept as true what can be touched. Not only. We also expect God to adapt Himself to this stupid way of thinking. But we cannot touch the "sign of Jonah" (the resurrection of Christ)... We can accept it!

"The materialist would be willing to accept a God who proves that he is God. But such a God is no longer God, but a clown. Where do you want to go: to Heaven or to the circus?