Sigh! from the depth of your spirit!

Greetings on this the Monday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
Readings: Gn 4:1-15, 25; Ps 50:1 and 8, 16bc-17, 20-21; Mk 8:11-13
Notes: He sighed from the depth of his spirit.

Any parent can tell you – I know this feeling.

OK, maybe your kids are perfect, so this doesn’t apply.

But for the rest of us…

He sighed from the depth of his spirit.

What is it they are looking for, a sign?
Not a sign but a test:

The Pharisees came forward and began to argue with Jesus, seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him.

How many parents TAKE THE BAIT?

You know what I mean.

  • Let the children goad you into a response?
  • Let them own the narrative?
  • Let them present a never-ending series and cascading set of demands that frankly not even God can fulfill.

Just sigh.
Sigh from the depths of your soul.

And know.
Know you are working God’s will in their life.

Perfectly imperfect in love.

Readings today:

First reading
Adam again had relations with his wife, and she gave birth to a son whom she called Seth. “God has granted me more offspring in place of Abel,” she said, “because Cain slew him.”

Encounter this in this way for today:

Cain, Abel, Seth… are one person.

Keep going!!
your burnt offerings are before me always.

The Lord knows what help you need and what things are helpful.

Keep going!
Keep praying!

Responsorial Psalm
Offer to God a sacrifice of praise.

Alleluia Verse
I am the way and the truth and the life, says the Lord; no one comes to the Father except through me.

Gospel Portion
The Demand for a Sign.
Amen, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.

He sighed from the depth of his spirit.

Jesus did many signs.
The Gospel of John is orgainized around the Seven Signs (The Book of Signs) and The Hour (The Book of Glory). See:

So we must take Jesus’ response to have a deeper meaning.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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