« When the crowds were increasing, he began to say,’ This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of Jonah. For as Jonah became a sign to the men of Nin’eveh, so will the Son of Man be to this generation’ » (Luke 11:29-30).
When the time was full, God the Son entered creation, becoming the God-Man Jesus. This was the great prophet that the people of God had been awaiting since Moses. They could have guessed that the great prophet would not simply speak for God, but be God himself!
Through salvation history, God sent prophets to his people to speak for him. In the case of Jonah, A prophet was sent to outsiders, instead of Israel. This prophet, Jonah, represented God’s visitation to The Ninevites. They listened and repented. But Jesus came to The Chosen People—to God’s own. And God’s own did not seem open; indeed, they were obstinate in their rejection. They missed the visit. Jesus warned them that the consequences of their rejection of Him would be condemnation.
In our own time, God continues to call out to us; inviting us to share in his love and blessing. In this way, we can say that his visit among us continues. Do we receive Him, surrender to him, serve him?
Don’t miss God’s visitation. Receive Him into your life in Sacrament and Word this Lent.
Remember, you are dust, and to dust you will return. I believe in the Gospel.
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