Prove it to Me
As Mark tells the Story, Jesus had just fed thousands of people in an isolated wilderness with only a few loaves and fishes. Before that he stuck his fingers in the ears of a man who couldn’t hear and touched his tongue, and instantly the man could hear and speak clearly. Before that in the Gentile territory of Sidon Jesus set a little girl free from demonic possession, not even being present with her, simply because her mother believed in him. In other words there were many signs, but still the Pharisees ask Jesus to give them a sign from heaven.
“And the Pharisees came and began to argue with Jesus demanding that he provide a sign from heaven testing him. And groaning in his spirit, he said, ‘Why is this generation seeking a sign? Count on it! I’m telling you. This generation will never be given a sign.’ Then he left them again, getting into the boat, he went to the other side.”
The irony is that, if the Pharisees had simply followed him to the other side and spent time with him, they would have witnessed all the signs from heaven they would ever need. But Jesus doesn’t do miracles at the beckoning of those who won’t believe. If he did, his omnipotence would force all of us to our knees and the days of grace where the Lord is giving us an opportunity to freely, individually respond to him would be over. Even God’s Son can’t generate a trusting heart by force. This week I need to keep a soft heart and open myself to how Mark is assuring me that Jesus can be trusted and that he is the Son who came from heaven to earth to show us the way.
LORD, help me not to miss the proof that you are giving me in your word in the Gospel of Mark. Help me remember that you are the one who gives the tests and not me.
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