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Luke 11:29-32

When the crowds were increasing, Jesus began to say, "This generation is an evil generation; it asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so the Son of Man will be to this generation. The queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, and see, something greater than Solomon is here! The people of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the proclamation of Jonah, and see, something greater than Jonah is here!"

Luke 11:29-32
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    • Jonah is the sign of God’s care for all. His call was to go to a far country who did not know his God. He is also a sign of God’s care for us individually – his care was for Jonah’s safety. Jonah’s strength was in his trust in God. Prayer is a time of allowing trust in God grow and become a big part of our being.
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    • The Ninevites were moved to repentance by the prophetic sign of Jonah which they recognised as the authentic word of God. Later God sends his son into our world as the ultimate sign of his love for us. This should make us want to live good lives by following him.
    • Jesus, you stand before me as a sign. Like Jonah, you are swallowed up by death, but you rise from the dead and challenge me to walk in newness of life. Stay with me in my times of blindness and usher me back into your saving presence.
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    • Jesus tells it as it is. When ‘the crowds were increasing’ he challenged them to ask themselves why they were coming to see and listen to him. Why do I come to Sacred Space each day?
    • ‘Something greater is here.’ He challenges the crowd to consider the question he put to his apostles – ‘Who do you think I am?’ He asks us the same question.
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    • The queen of the South sought out Solomon for his great wisdom, and the people of Nineveh listened attentively to Jonah and repented. Jesus far surpasses Solomon and Jonah, but his hearers are still looking for ‘signs’ instead of listening to what he says. Have I enough faith to accept Jesus not only as a great prophet but as the Son of God, and his word as the wisdom of God?
    • The word of God can transform us. Jonah proclaimed God’s word and the people repented. Saint Teresa of Avila, a great mystic and reformer, drew her inspiration from the riches of Sacred Scripture. Do I allow the gospels to transform me?
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    • ‘Something greater than Solomon’ – this is how the Son of God humbly describes himself to people who resist belief. He, the wisdom and compassion of God, is in their midst, but they are blinded by their own concerns and do not see him. Would I travel great distances to meet him, as the Queen of Sheba did to meet Solomon? Do I often travel the short distance from my busy life into the world of prayer?
    • God, you are totally other, you are the Holy Mystery. May I stop trying to tame you and make you manageable. May I let you direct my life, as Jonah reluctantly did. This is the work of Lent.
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    • Jesus uses the popular story of Jonah to hint at his own resurrection. Jonah is swallowed up by the big fish, but after three days he emerges on dry land. Likewise Jesus will die and be raised to life again. This will be the greatest sign of all that God is among us. Jesus wonders will the hearts of the stubborn yield even at that point.
    • Lord, am I often looking for the signs that suit myself? Recovery of health, satisfying relationships, modest affluence, and success in whatever I try to do, getting life my way? Help me to focus instead on your great signs, which are set out in the Christian Creeds.
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    • It is baffling to record that, for a period of thirty years, the Son of Man did not appear to be anything other than a man. From the beginning of his public life, those who did not believe in Jesus' preaching or his miracles discerned nothing of the divine in his features.
    • Lord, your warning speaks to me too. I find myself looking for signs and wonders, when the greatest wonder is yourself.
    • Jonah was a man of narrow religious beliefs who was intolerant of God's gracious treatment of the people of a pagan city. Yet the people believed in him. Jesus is saying to us that the people of this pagan city had greater faith than the people to whom he spoke. He asks for at least as much wisdom in hearing his word as the people of Nineveh had in hearing Jonah. Prayer is a moment that allows for an increase of faith in God.
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    • It is baffling to record that, for a period of thirty years, the Son of Man did not appear to be anything other than a man. From the beginning of his public life, those who did not believe in Jesus' preaching or his miracles discerned nothing of the divine in his features.
    • Lord, your warning speaks to me too. I find myself looking for signs and wonders, when the greatest wonder is yourself.
    • Jonah was a man of narrow religious beliefs who was intolerant of God's gracious treatment of the people of a pagan city. Yet the people believed in him. Jesus is saying to us that the people of this pagan city had greater faith than the people to whom he spoke. He asks for at least as much wisdom in hearing his word as the people of Nineveh had in hearing Jonah. Prayer is a moment that allows for an increase of faith in God.
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    • It is baffling to record that, for a period of thirty years, the Son of Man did not appear to be anything other than a man. From the beginning of his public life, those who did not believe in Jesus' preaching or his miracles discerned nothing of the divine in his features.
    • Lord, your warning speaks to me too. I find myself looking for signs and wonders, when the greatest wonder is yourself.
    • Jonah was a man of narrow religious beliefs who was intolerant of God's gracious treatment of the people of a pagan city. Yet the people believed in him. Jesus is saying to us that the people of this pagan city had greater faith than the people to whom he spoke. He asks for at least as much wisdom in hearing his word as the people of Nineveh had in hearing Jonah. Prayer is a moment that allows for an increase of faith in God.