March 26, 2020
In a world where truth appears to be fairly plastic for some, today’s Gospel hits home.
Exasperated, Jesus gives example after example of the signs ignored by the Jews who just can’t accept him as the Son of God: the testimony of John the Baptist; the prophets, including Moses; his own word; and above all that, the miracles brought about by his own hand. He knew they’d never see the truth, even when the hypocrisy of their words and deeds was made plain.
Their world is limited to what they can see, and to what history has recorded.
Jesus asks them, “How can you believe, when you accept praise from one another and do not seek the praise that comes from the only God?”
Too often we fashion our yardsticks based on the standards of others. Our friends, family, society at large, advertising, benchmarks set by people previously in our place.
It’s a good practice to regularly scrutinize our own motives to see how influenced by others they are. Is God calling you to achieve, or is it your need for human attention? Is there a divine source to your striving, or is it a television commercial? Is your goal to become a better person or to just look better?
Where God is the inspiration for any effort, communication with Heaven opens and generations benefit.