I think one of the hardest words to hear as a child is the word, ‘no.’ I don’t think it gets much easier as an adult.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus says, “no” to some of the scribes and Pharisees that ask Him for a sign. Now, for a reference point, Jesus has performed plenty of signs before this moment.
One clue that they are trying to entrap Jesus is that they call Him, “Teacher.” Though Jesus refers to Himself as Teacher, in the Gospel of Matthew it’s only those who are not His disciples, and especially His opponents, who do so. This is a clue that that Jesus would have noticed. They weren’t looking to learn and grow in the faith, but to build a case that could convict and kill Him.
And so, Jesus speaks plainly. He identifies them as part of an evil and unfaithful generation. They’ve drifted from keeping their covenant with God.
How do I react when God says “no”?
Do I get angry or discouraged, or do I in faith try to trust in His Way?
Do I ever put God to the test by saying, “unless you give me this, you don’t care about me?”
Do I take the time to reflect on the many signs, the blessings - big and small - that God has worked in my family and my life?
As we begin this week, these are some questions to bring to prayer, conversation with our families and in our private moments. How do we remain faithful to Jesus, believing that He knows what is best?
May God bless you and your families this holy day!
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About Father David Marcham
Reverend David S. Marcham is the Vice Postulator for the Cause of Venerable Patrick Peyton, and Director of the Father Peyton Guild, whose members pray for Father Peyton’s beatification and spread his message of the importance of Family Prayer. Prior to becoming a seminarian, Father David was a physical therapist and clinical instructor, serving hospital inpatients and outpatients throughout the greater Boston area for eleven years. In 1998 he heard the call to priesthood and was ordained in the Archdiocese of Boston in 2005. Father David grew up in Quincy, MA, and has fond memories of playing soccer, tennis and running track. You’re never without a friend when Father David is around, as he welcomes everyone into his circle with a smile on his face!