The Pharisees came and began to argue with Jesus, asking him for a sign from heaven, to test him. And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, "Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to this generation." And he left them, and getting into the boat again, he went across to the other side.
Today is Monday the 18th February in the Sixth week of Ordinary time.
One Hope Project sing, ‘In your truth’. Do these words find resonance with you today?
Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Mark.
The Pharisees come to Jesus after they’ve made up their minds that it was their duty to test him. They must have spent some time talking this over … people were beginning to look more interested in Jesus than in them… can you imagine what this conversation might have been like? What did they say?
In a way, there’s nothing wrong with looking for a sign, with looking for evidence, is there? It’s part of the way we operate as human beings. What people in my life do I demand evidence from before I will believe what they say? Who are the people from whom I accept things ‘on faith’?
As you listen again to the reading, try and imagine it happening – the mood of the Pharisees, the looks on their faces, the tone of voice they use, the exasperation, perhaps, in Jesus’s voice….
It’s probably true that most people’s attitude towards God, and their relationship with God, involves a mixture of evidence and faith. At times we may want ‘signs’. And, at times, we may get them. Is this true for me? Can I talk to God about this now?