2015 Lent Reflection – Wednesday 25 February

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Jonah 3:1- 10 & Luke 11: 29-32

Behold, there is something greater than Jonah here!

We are all very familiar with the story of Jonah – immediately we think of being swallowed by the whale… Sadly though, that is often all we can recall about the person of Jonah.

While it is true that Jonah spent 3 nights in the belly of the whale, what is also true and maybe more important for us to remember is that Jonah went on to Nineveh and served as a sign for the people to repent. They heeded his message, and the greatest to the least repented. They saw the sign (Jonah) and they acted.

In many ways we are not too different from the people of Jesus’ time… we too often desire to receive a sign be it a road sign to tell us that we are on the right path or even a sign from God to reassure us that the path that we are on is in accordance with his will.

However, even though there are many signs put before us each day, do we really follow the signs? Think of how many times you have seen people disregard or ignore a sign – No Parking, No entry, No Smoking, No Cell Phones, etc.

Has a certain disregard for value of signs not also crept into our spirituality? Are we open to the “Signs of the Times” or are we so hell bent on our own path that we choose to ignore the signs. What does the sign of Jesus on the Cross mean for you this Lent?

Practical Suggestions:
Consider for a moment:
What are the signs saying to you about: Your Family Life, Your Social Life, Your Work Life, and Your Prayer Life?

I thank you Lord, for the wonderful sign that you are to me – you remind me of God’s love for me. Help me to be open to the signs of the times, so that I may indeed be a sign and a symbol of God’s love to my family and my community. Amen