Exasperated at the Pharisees’ persistent demand for a sign, Jesus replies that no sign will be given their generation. Jesus can easily perform many more signs in the presence of the Pharisees, but he knows how their hearts are so hardened and closed that no sign will convince them that he is the Messiah. People who always demand proofs are insatiable, and it is useless to argue with them. This is the way Jesus deals with the stiff-necked Pharisees.
Instead of asking God for signs, let us pray for the grace of open and discerning hearts that can see beyond external signs and realize the already many wonders God is working in our midst every day.
Are we persons who are hard to convince? Have we come to embrace Jesus because we have seen signs?
Gospel • MARK 8:11-13
The Pharisees came forward and began to argue with Jesus, seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him. He sighed from the depth of his spirit and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Amen, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.” Then he left them, got into the boat again, and went off to the other shore.
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