Monday of the 6th Week in Ordinary Time [II]
James 1:1-11 + Mark 8:11-13
February 17, 2020
“Why does this generation seek a sign?”
Do we search for heavenly signs as assurance that we are on the right path in life? Today’s Gospel passage, brief and to the point, ought to make us realize how pointless such a search is. Jesus’ sigh—“from the depth of His Spirit”—speaks volumes. His departure from the midst of the Pharisees does in fact serve as a sober sign of His recognition that even His divine words do nothing for one unwilling to listen to Him in faith. Christ asks us to dedicate each day to him in faith.
A life which is not dedicated to God ends up being a selfish life, a life that excludes both God and one’s brothers and sisters. This sort of life is opposed to the very practical counsel that Saint James offer throughout the course of the epistle that we begin today to hear at daily Mass. This sort of life leads to one being a “man of two minds, unstable in all his ways”, as St. James writes in today’s First Reading. Today we begin hearing at weekday Mass from the letter of St. James. This is letter is full of practical wisdom, and pulls no punches about the fate awaiting the “man of two minds”.
That fate will be ours unless we are willing to cooperate with God’s grace to conquer the power of sin. Sin is conquered first through faith, and perfectly through charity. We are invited to share in this perfect love of God through the Mass. When we are dismissed from Mass, we take and offer this same love to our brothers and sisters within our daily lives.
from the Cathedral facade of Santiago de Compostela, Spain