Reflection on Matthew 12:38-42 ~
This Scripture passage reminds me of a U2 song titled “Wave of Sorrow.” Its haunting lyrics reference the Bible passages of the Queen of Sheba visiting Solomon for his wisdom along with an interpretation of the Beatitudes. The song is a reflection of Bono and his wife Ali being present to the suffering during the Ethiopian famine. The song awakens a sense of mercy, hope and the future of something greater ahead. These feelings remind me that Jesus within is our inspiring sign.
Matthew 12 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
The Sign of Jonah
38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to him, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” 39 But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so for three days and three nights the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth. 41 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! 42 The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, and see, something greater than Solomon is here!
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Matthew 12:38-42.