Daily Mass Readings for Monday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2
- First Reading – Micah 6;1-4, 6-8: “You have been told, O man, what is good, and what the LORD requires of you: only to do the right and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God.”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 50: “To the upright I will show the saving power of God.”
- Gospel – Matthew 12:38-42: “An evil and unfaithful generation seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it except the sign of Jonah the prophet.”
The readings for Monday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time Year 2 remind us that we must walk humbly with God. We would like signs and certainty.
When we ask for signs, we are trying to control God. “God, if you really want me to follow this path, then let me know. If you do this, then I will do that.” This is a sign of pride.
Developing a relationship with the Lord is much more time consuming. And it is humbling. The Lord leads, I follow. Sometimes I stumble, but I trust the Lord will be there to catch me.
So today is a day to let go of our need to know everything and instead to walk humbly with God.
Lord, let me not be so prideful as to demand signs of you. Instead, let me hear your invitation to walk with you. Take my hand dear Jesus, and lead me where you want me to go. I will seek to know you better so I can trust in you and be aware of your loving presence in my life.
From Bishop Robert Barron. Go beyond the mind that you have. Repent. Live as though nothing in this world finally matters. And you will be living in the kingdom of God!
They want the sign that the Messiah is here. When we walk humbly with God and do what is right and good are the signs that God is among us.