Monday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus,

Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.

He said to them in reply,

An evil and unfaithful generation seeks a sign,
but no sign will be given it
except the sign of Jonah the prophet.
Just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights,
so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth
three days and three nights.
At the judgment, the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation
and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah;
and there is something greater than Jonah here.
At the judgment the queen of the south will arise with this generation
and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth
to hear the wisdom of Solomon;
and there is something greater than Solomon here.

— Matthew 12:38-42

The peace of the Lord be with you. The readings from both Micah and Matthew today prompted me to ask where do I find God and am I aware of all that God does for me?

The reading from Micah recalls all God had done to rescue His people from destruction and how the people loose sight of these gifts which cause them to be unfaithful. Jesus, in the reading from Matthew, talks about how our desire for concrete proof or evidence of the miraculous can keep us from seeing what God has done and that he walks with us in the most ordinary moments of our lives. Jesus tells us God is at work right now, God’s glory is shining through right now, the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

God, through your grace, help me to see you in the present and know that in the ordinary events of this day I am experiencing your extraordinary love. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.  

Readings for Monday, July 20, 2020