Collect for the Week
whose hand is open
to fill all things living with plenteousness:
make us ever thankful for your goodness,
and grant that we, remembering the account
that we must one day give,
may be faithful stewards of your bounty;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen APBA p.588
GOSPEL for the Day: Luke 11: 29-32
When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, “This generation is an evil generation; it asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so the Son of Man will be to this generation. The queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, and see, something greater than Solomon is here! The people of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the proclamation of Jonah, and see, something greater than Jonah is here!
GOSPEL Reflection : Contributed by Cathy Grant
This passage feels full of hope alongside dire warnings of judgement. On his way to Jerusalem and mindful of all that will entail, Jesus is warning his people to listen and repent. The light of God is here. He does this by reminding his people about Jonah, the reluctant prophet who was actually heeded by the foreign people of Nineveh to listen and obey God, in spite of himself and his obvious shortcomings. And yet here is Jesus, with greater wisdom than Solomon, being ignored by his own people. Jesus points out that even the foreigners – the Queen of the South and the people of Nineveh – will be part of the great resurrection of the dead at the end time of great judgement. But will this be true of his chosen people who continue to turn away from God?
This passage challenges us to consider how well we are listening to Jesus’ message of repentance and how well we are embracing God’s light and life in our lives. Are we any better than Jesus’ contemporaries? And are we shining his light to the world so that others can see the one who is greater than Solomon and greater than Jonah?
Signs. How we like to ask for signs…
We run our superstitions through our faith
expecting to be able to bargain with God.
There is no other sign except the Christ;
and he is more than a sign;
he is life, he is the way, he is the absolute.
I pray that I will become Christ’s sign,
Christ’s light in the world.
I pray that I will have the courage
to live today in his truth.