Monday, July 23, 2018

Jul 23 - Monday 16th Week in OT


+ The days are coming when a great deal of Americans will not only begin to “come to their political senses” but also their “spiritual senses,” and they will demand some action, of themselves and of others: and they will undoubtedly seek a sign that they are in the favor of God, and that what they demand is good for them.

This is where Jesus separates “the tire from the road:” he says that the fact that he, himself, will suffer a brutal death, so that they can come to their senses, and then be buried, but rise again – this is the only sign that will or can be given!

The prophet Micah in the first reading tells us that you have already been given the sign of the mind of God, what is required of you: “only do the right and love goodness and walk humbly with God.” Doing these things will generate the sign that you desire.

A static sign is no sign at all, because nothing is static: everything is moving towards it’s completion and fulness. Therefore, engaging in the life/death/resurrection dynamic that is not only played out by Jesus, but, prescribed and empowered for any who wish to be his disciples: a confident and joyful itinerary for any day can be set out upon.

So many people this day, in our ordinary engagement with them, no matter what our job or occupations are counting on us to prayerfully prepare ourselves in the morning, then to “discover by doing” that Jesus was right: the sign is deep within us and can be activated and turned into a neon sign for them, by our cooperation in the Providential activity of God.
If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts! Amen.

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