Monday of 6th Week of OT A

Sign Or Reality

Sign, what does it mean? According to Google dictionary, sign is “an object, quality, or event whose presence or occurrence indicates the probable presence or occurrence of something else.” Something points to something else is called sign. Seven Sacraments we have in the life of the Catholic Church are also signs, but in a deeper meaning as USCCB puts that they are “a visible and invisible reality, a reality open to all the human senses but grasped in its God-given depths with the eyes of faith.” More than a sign, Sacrament is a reality both visible and invisible to all our senses. The visible reality, USCCB continues, “we see in the Sacraments is their outward expression, the form they take, and the way in which they are administered and received. The invisible reality we cannot "see" is God's grace, his gracious initiative in redeeming us through the death and Resurrection of his Son.”

In today’s Gospel, Jesus responded to the Pharisees when they came to argue with him saying, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Amen, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.” Or rather than he said, “If I gave you sign after sign, but then you put them together like the construction signs. When these construction signs gather together like the above picture, no body follows their signs at all. But if they are placed in an appropriate place, they do not only have meaning but people also follow the direction of the sign.”

Perhaps, we all experience with signs, once and many times in our lives. The moment that we come to school, we learn traffic signs. During high school, we learn to take the driving test that has a lot of signs in it. After we got our driver license, especially after some years of driving, we might not pay closely attention to the signs no more. If we all follow the signs correctly, there would be no accident, no run over on the young and the elderly, no need to pay high for insurance.

By responding to the Pharisees that no sign given to them, Jesus knows their harden heart, mind and soul that they would not return to God. Have you and I ever seen ourselves like the Pharisees asking for sign? What if we received a sign, what would you and I do? What if we don’t receive a sign we ask for, what would you and I do? Sacraments are more than signs, they are visible and invisible realities, and how would you and I bring those Sacraments, especially the Sacraments of Initiation, come alive in our lives? Decision is yours.

 

Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen


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