16th Week, Ordinary Time : Monday, 20th July 2020

Daily Word Of God

Matthew 12:38-42

Some of the scribes and Pharisees spoke up. ‘Master,’ they said, ‘we should like to see a sign from you.’ He replied, ‘It is an evil and unfaithful generation that asks for a sign! The only sign it will be given is the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah remained in the belly of the sea-monster for three days and three nights, so will the Son of man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights.

‘On Judgement Day the men of Nineveh will appear against this generation and they will be its condemnation, because when Jonah preached they repented; and look, there is something greater than Jonah here.

‘On Judgement Day the Queen of the South will appear against this generation and be its condemnation, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and look, there is something greater than Solomon here.’

Today's Pointers on God's Word

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • The Ninevites recognized God’s warning when Jonah spoke to them and they repented. The Pharisees refused to accept the miracles and signs that Jesus performed because they were prejudiced. They rejected Jesus and would not change.


  • The same stern warning that Jesus gave to His generation applies to anyone who professes to accept Jesus as Saviour and Master but continue to be lukewarm and/or live a lifestyle that is centred on secular values instead of Gospel values.


  • Pray for the grace to be attentive and receptive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and for the grace to live a life faithful to the teachings of Christ.