Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Can you read the signs?

10 Minute Daily Retreat Read the Daily Gospel Retreat with a prayerful heart.
By Jane Borg (No.81)
'As the crowds increased, Jesus said, “This is a wicked generation. It asks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah. For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation. The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom; and now something greater than Solomon is here. The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and now something greater than Jonah is here.' (Luke 11:29-32)

quiet moment by anita peppers in morgue under CCL

Repent and believe. Both Jonah and Jesus called us to repentance. Jonah’s mere presence was a sign and it was enough for the Ninevites to repent and believe his message of repentance. Many in the time of Jesus would not listen and believe despite all the signs Jesus performed.

What about us?
Are our eyes open to the many signs in our world that demonstrate God’s love and desire for us? Or are we so wrapped up in the busyness and materialism of the world that we cannot see the blessings or hear God call our names?

We are now in this transformational season of Lent. Let us listen closely as God continues to reveal himself to us through Jesus – His Word and real presence among us.

This Lent, let us listen anew to Jesus – listen to His heart of love for us, reflect on the many signs He gives us each and every day, and renew our commitment to follow Him.

Let us use the sacraments more frequently, especially the gift of Reconciliation, where we experience God’s forgiveness, and Eucharist, where He is wholly present. These are so much more than signs – they are sacraments which bring about in us that which they promise.

Let us recommit to spend time each day sitting with Jesus listening to Him and allowing Him to open our eyes, ears and hearts so that we might know Him, trust Him and love Him more deeply.

And finally, let us put out petitions before Him in trust and humility knowing He has our best interests in His heart. We don't need to demand signs; we have all the signs we need; but ask.

You won't be disappointed!

5 minutes: READ the text slowly.

REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.

SPEAK to God about your thoughts.

5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.
RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you.