Monday of the 28th Week in Ordinary Time

October 16, 2023

Looking for Signs

Daily Mass Readings for Monday of the 28th Week in Ordinary Time

Cycle 1 is used in odd numbered years and Cycle 2 is used in even numbered years. The gospel is the same for both years.

  • First Reading (Cycle 1) – Romans 1:1-7: “Through him we have received the grace of apostleship, to bring about the obedience of faith, for the sake of his name, among all the Gentiles, among whom are you also, who are called to belong to Jesus Christ; to all the beloved of God in Rome, called to be holy.”
  • First Reading (Cycle 2) – Galatians 4:22-24, 26-27, 31–5:1: “For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.”
  • Responsorial Psalm (Cycle 1) – Psalm 98: “The Lord has made known his salvation.”
  • Responsorial Psalm (Cycle 2) – Psalm 113: “Blessed be the name of the Lord for ever.”
  • Gospel Luke 11:29-32: “This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah.”

Thoughts

In today’s gospel, Jesus admonishes the people for asking for signs. They are seeking miracles, not a closer relationship with God.

How often do I want God to just fix the problems in my life? And when the crisis is over, I go back to doing what I was before. I want signs and wonders, but I do not want to really be transformed. I want the quick fix instead of the long hard work of repentance. The true sign we seek is God’s mercy.

Prayer

Lord, grant me a steadfast spirit to truly seek you. May I see that the real miracle in my life is your boundless love for me. Amen.

Homilies and Reflections

Word On Fire: Signs of Repentance

From Bishop Robert Barron. “Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus tells the crowds who seek a sign that they will only receive the sign of Jonah: “Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation.”” Continue reading.

USCCB Reflection: The Slavery of Our Time

What kind of slavery is the first reading talking about? The slavery of the internet, our cell phones, social media. They get in the way of seeing Jesus as the true sign.

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