The Pharisees came forward and began to argue with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him. He sighed from the depth of his spirit and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign?Amen, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.” Then he left them, got into the boat again, went off to the other shore.
Jesus had just fed four thousand and still the pharisees are asking for a sign. Was that not sufficient.
Pharisees demand for a sign was enough a sign for Jesus that they were not in line with him. They were not willing to see what he was doing and preaching as signs.
Jesus’ own life was a sign of God’s kingdom. And their own idea of kingdom was different from that of Jesus.
Their demand for a sign is like that of the temptation of Satan. In the temptation stories he argues with the Satan using the word of God and at the end he asks the Satan to move off from him.
Here in this dispute he refuses to argue with them and he moves off.
Asking for a sign is as good as tempting God. Instead we have to see the hand of God in the daily events of the day.
Rev. Fr. James Theophilus SDB
has done his theological studies in England and later on continued his study and research on the Bible at the BIBLICUM in Rome. His knowledge of scripture and his experience as a lecturer in Seminaries are the foundation on which he builds his reflections. He has also animated many retreats and helped many religious and married people through counselling. All these years of teaching and assisting people in their lives have helped him to contribute in these reflections.