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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Monday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Lk 11,29-32): As the crowd increased, Jesus began to speak in this way, «People of the present time are evil people. They ask for a sign, but no sign will be given to them except the sign of Jonah. As Jonah became a sign for the people of Nineveh, so will the Son of Man be a sign for this generation (…)».

Humility ("grievers" learn to see)

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, there are still those who —on behalf of the "objectivity" of knowledge— demand "a sign" from God. The root of this foolish claim is none other than selfishness, an unclean heart, that only expects from God a personal success, the necessary help to determine his own self ("I can measure Him"). This form of religiosity represents a fundamental rejection of the conversion ("He must be my measure").

The humility of silence —Job!— is very important as a first step in wisdom. It is surprising that out of all our complaints against God only a fraction is actually coming from grievers in this world: for they mostly come out of "saturated spectators" who have never suffered. The grievers have learned to see! In this world, praise comes out of those "furnaces" where so many are ablaze: the story of the "three young men" in the furnace contains a deeper truth that expressed in scholars texts.

—Jesus, how many times we ask for a sign while we ignore the conversion! The Cross is the sign!