HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF LENT YEAR B
HOMILY THEME: ASKING FOR A SIGN
BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Wednesday of the First Week of Lent (Day 8 of Lent)
In the day’s Gospel Jesus questioned the people why they were asking for a sign. Actually, they were asking for more signs. The words of Jesus and His deeds, His miracles, were not enough for them. They saw and sensed something in Jesus. But their knowledge of His background kept them from believing He was the Messiah as Jesus claimed. They have their own idea of the Messiah. And Jesus did not fit in those qualities. It was a great opportunity for the people but they missed it just because they knew where Jesus came from and who were His parents and relatives.
Jesus condemned their generation. Their reason was not acceptable for Jesus. He gave the reason by giving two examples. The first was the people of Nineveh who had sinned greatly yet repented when the Prophet Jonah came and preached repentance. Jesus claimed He was greater than Johan. Second, He mentioned Solomon whose wisdom the Queen of the South sought. Yet, Jesus was a lot greater than Solomon. In other words, Jesus was a better sign compared to Jonah and Solomon. In fact, Jesus was the perfect sign. Yet, the crowd wanted more signs!
The message is as clear and relevant to us today. Are we like those people looking for more signs? In fact, we had more signs because we knew the whole story of Jesus. We recognized His birth, His ministry, His Passion, Death, and Resurrection! We have all the signs we need. We have all the reasons to repent. If we still do not repent in spite of these great and perfect signs, no other signs can make us believe and repent.