As the crowd increased, Jesus spoke the following words, “People of the present time are troubled 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. The Queen of the South will rise up on Judgment Day with the people of these times and accuse them, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and here there is greater than Solomon. The people of Nineveh will rise up on Judgment Day with the people of these times and accuse them, for Jonah’s preaching made them turn from their sins, and here there is greater than Jonah.“
Is it good to ask for signs and miracles? Should it be a temptation of the Lord’s might?
Jesus is disappointed with his generation, always looking for signs and never believing. Even Paul wrote that Jews were looking for signs (1 Cor 1:22).
On our part, it is better to avoid the temptation of the Lord, accepting our actions and their consequences with humility.
This gives us an occasion to put another question: do you think that Jesus was humble?
Of course, we remember his statement: “I am humble and meek in my heart” (Mt 11:28). However, in the Gospel of today Jesus tells us that he is greater than Jonah and wiser than Solomon.
Jesus, in his humility, is conscious of his mission and teaching. In both he is superior to prophets and kings. Why? They were simply sent by God, with many weaknesses. Jesus alone is the Son of the Father, whose words and deeds bring salvation to the entire world.
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