Reflection: 6th Monday in Ordinary Time

Mass: Monday, February 15, 2010
First Reading: Jas 1:1-11
Responsorial: Psalm 119:67, 68, 71, 72, 75, 76
Gospel: Mk 8:11-13

Do you ever wish that life was like an interstate highway? Gliding along at a decent speed taking in the beauty around you, and God giving you clearly marked, well lighted signs along the way that tell you exactly what to expect, when to expect it, and which way to turn when you get there.

We pray, we meditate, we may even fast. We seek God’s guidance and all we ask in return is a giant flashing neon arrow from heaven saying “DO THIS” “GO HERE” “THIS IS WHAT I WANT YOU TO DO”

This is what the Pharisees want in today’s Gospel: Proof. They don’t want to have to trust God. They want God to accept their doubt and give heed to their human desires. And Jesus says “NO”

James warns us against this in the first reading too. He says that when times get rough, and they will, we should not have doubt. That is not the time to ask God for an obvious sign. It is instead, the time to ask God for the wisdom and perseverance to see the small subtle signs that are all around us. God comes softly, and he ALWAYS answers our prayers. But if we’re gliding along, letting the scenery pass us by and only looking for the big, directional signs, we’ll miss all the little ways that God reveals himself to us along the way.

Like St. James says, we must persevere in our faith, if we ask God simply to give us what we need in order to show us the way, he will.

We don’t need neon signs; we need faith, perseverance, and trust in God’s love for us.

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