Jesus Present in Our Midst

Homily for Monday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time

In the Gospel we’ve just heard, the Scribes and the Pharisees approach Jesus and ask him for a sign to prove that He is the Messiah. They have seen all that Jesus has said and done and yet continue to refuse to accept that He is the Savior. Jesus responds to them and tells them that no such sign will be given. Because the leaders of the Jewish community are evil and see Jesus as an agent of Satan, nothing will convince them of who He truly is, nothing will bring them to a moment of conversion.

Basically, the Scribes and the Pharisees have totally missed what has been standing right in front of them. Something – rather, someone – greater than Jonah and Solomon was in their midst. They were too blind to see past their own misconceptions of Jesus; they were too blind to see past their strict adherence to the Law to recognize that Jesus was, in fact, the Savior.

How do we do the same? Do we recognize Jesus present in our midst or do we seek a sign from Him and basically tell Him to prove Himself to us?

Something greater than Jonah is here. Something greater than Solomon is here. And in a few moments He will be made present upon this altar. He doesn’t have to prove Himself to us…He’s already done that. He offered Himself on the Cross for us and continues to make Himself present to us every single day in the Eucharist. What greater sign do we need?

So today, let’s not be like the Scribes and the Pharisees and demand that Jesus prove that He is the Savior and Messiah. Instead, let’s ask for an outpouring of faith into our hearts to recognize Jesus before our very eyes.

Published by Fr. Tom Pringle

Priest of the Diocese of Orlando. Parochial Vicar at Holy Family Catholic Church, Orlando.

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