To read the texts click on the texts: Micah 6:1-4,6-8; Mt 12:38-42
The text of
today is continuation of the earlier text (12, 25-37) in which Jesus makes a
series of pronouncements regarding the coming judgement. The Pharisees respond
to these statements of Jesus by demanding a sign. In Matthew only disciples
address Jesus as Lord, and the address “Teacher” here by the Pharisees
indicates that they are not disciples. The sign they demand is a proof of
Jesus’ identity. Jesus’ response to the Pharisees’ demand is to make another
pronouncement. In this pronouncement he regards them as an “evil and adulterous
generation” which means a people who have closed their hearts to the revelation
that God is constantly making. The sign of Jonah here refers clearly to the
resurrection of Jesus. Further, it is the Gentiles (people of Nineveh) who will
rise up and condemn the Jews. It is a clear reversal of roles. Jesus is greater
than both Jonah and Solomon.
The manner in which some of us mourn and weep at the death of a loved one seems to indicate that we do not believe in the resurrection. This is the only sign that Jesus continues to give. If we keep looking for other signs of his presence we might find ourselves in the same position as the Pharisees of his time and miss him who makes himself available and visible at every moment of our lives.