Reading for Today: Matthew 12:38-45
Verses for Reflection: Matthew 12:38 (NRSV)
38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to him, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.”
Jesus didn’t respond to kindly to the request for a sign; rather, he replied, “An evil and adulterous generation asks for a sign…”
I’ve asked for a sign; at least, I’ve wanted a sign and so I think I asked down deep in my heart. But Jesus suggested the crucifixion and resurrection, the sign that would be provided, should be enough for that generation and forevermore.
Today, we begin Lent for this year. Today, I encourage you to consider what it means that crucifixion and resurrection are the only sign that would be given, the only sign that should be needed. When you have moments during which you desire a sign, try to imagine a cross, try to imagine an empty tomb. Can we let “the sign of Jonah” be enough?
Reflection task for the day: Lent begins today. Take some time to find a cross: maybe it’s one you wear around your neck, maybe it’s a picture of a cross to which you resonate, maybe it’s a cross here in/at the church building (or some other church building.) Take some time today to find a cross and focus on it. Imagine what it must have been like for Jesus to die in that terrible away. Imagine what it must have been like for Jesus to set his sights toward the cross and complete his ministry knowing what was ahead of him. Let the weight of Jesus’ sacrifice sink in, and take time to give thanks. (Oh, and go to an Ash Wednesday service tonight, preferably at FCCGJ.)
Have a blessed day,