Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Asking for a sign...

Well, I intended to write a reflection today but clearly haven't really managed... Still a few words, as I was thinking about the Gospel this morning.
In the Gospel Jesus says that the generation to whom he was talking were asking for a sign, and that non would be given...

I was wondering how that would link back to our won generation. In Jesus' time miraculous signs were seen as a manifestation of some divine power. The people were asking a sign to confirm that what Jesus was teaching was the truth, and wanted to have a sign from God to confirm this.

However, as is clear from the Gospels, Jesus whole public life was a sign, and consisting of one sign to another, one miracle to the next. These however people did not accept... So they were selective in what type of sign they wanted...

I guess the equivalence of such signs in the time of Jesus would maybe now be seen as proof by science. And I think the parallel can be drawn out to the same extend. When I can to belief in God, it was because for the first time I really looked at the signs of God in the world. The marvellous order in which everything is created and the miracle of the existence of life...

While so many people think that Science opposes God, it seems to me to be right in our face that that is not the case at all, almost making as bold to say it is contrary. Many people don't know the progress of science, the new discoveries being made in the last two decades... They might not be as contrary to God as men things...

But finally, and I think this is the important point. Science, and signs, are ultimately not that important, and that possibly is another reason Jesus refuses to give the sign the people want. Ultimately it is not about a sign to proof that God is true,ultimately it is the decision to accept that it might be true, and then humbly ask God to show you... To reveal himself to you... To show his face...

...once we open our heart and encounter God no sign is needed anymore...

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