In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus challenges his listeners who ‘wish to see a sign.’ Not giving in to the crowds, Jesus retorts that “no sign will be given except the sign of Jonah, the prophet.”
There are many in our world today who seek signs from God, and then they will believe. However, if our eyes are attuned to the signs, we actually see them all around us; for even the rocks and stones proclaim the majesty of God. Are our eyes attuned to this great mystery.
However, there is another dimension to this as well, something that I see as a sort of ‘spiritual one-up-manship.’ There are those who hold that you are only really praying if you speak in tongues. There are some who see visions and hear the voice of Jesus, as clearly as if he were standing right next to you. I know that these things happen. But they have never happened to me. It can be tempting to think: ‘That person is holier than me because Jesus gave them this sign.’
Nope, rather that person has been given this gift for their own benefit or to share with others. Apparently, I do not need these gifts, because He has never given them to me. But I rejoice in the ones who have these gifts, who have seen signs, for they provide us all reminders that God is still truly with us.
-Fr. Kyle Schnippel