Scripture: Mark 8:11-21
Key verse: (12) And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, “Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to this generation.”
Reflection: I long for a sign! Why? Because I want certainty. I want clarity. I want evidence. Apparently the religious leaders in Jesus’ day also wanted signs. Jesus seems exasperated with them and I suspect he gets exasperated with me too.
What I find interesting about reading the entire passage today is that in the very next paragraph Jesus was in the boat with the disciples and he reminds them of the sign they saw when he fed the five thousand. “Do you have eyes and fail to see? Do you have ears, and fail to hear? And do you not remember?” Jesus’ followers have seen and heard and experienced “signs” along the way and yet they still don’t have faith to trust him.
Maybe signs are rarely clear and certain but more often seen only with the eyes of faith and because faith is about a trust that doesn’t depend on definitive evidence. With faith, I have experienced many signs of God’s loving presence in my life. With faith, I can see how God has cared for me in tough times. With faith, I can hear good news of peace in the sound of birds or the waves of the ocean. Signs might be there all around us if we have eyes to see them and ears to hear them. If we have a cynical or skeptical spirit, then we claim there are no signs at all. As you journey through your day, may you have faith to see God’s signs all around you and may those signs help you follow Jesus.
Prayer: Dear Lord, soften my heart when I am cynical and skeptical. Give me eyes to see and ears to hear what you are doing in the world. Grant me a faith that enables me to follow wherever you lead me. Amen.
Author: Millie Snyder
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].