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LUKE 11:29-32: WEDNESDAY'S GOSPEL FOR REFLECTION
Date:	2/22/99 7:21:39 PM Pacific Standard Time
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[Note: The scheduled Reading for today, Jonah 3:1-10, is taken from the
Old Testament.  The "Navarre Bible: Texts and Commentaries" is
currently available in the New Testament only.  Therefore, only today's
Gospel and its commentary are being posted.]

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (To the Greater Glory of God)

For: Wednesday, February 24, 1999

1st Week of Lent

From: Luke 11:29-32

The Sign of Jonah
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[29] When the crowds were increasing, He (Jesus) began to say, "This
generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign shall be
given to it except the sign of Jonah.  [30] For as Jonah became a sign
to the men of Nineveh, so will the Son of Man be to this generation.
[31] The queen of the South will arise at the judgment with the men of
this generation and condemn them; for she came from the ends of the
earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than
Solomon is here.  [32] The men of Nineveh will arise at the judgment
with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching
of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here."

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Commentary:

29-32. Jonah was the prophet who led the Ninevites to do penance: his
actions and preaching they saw as signifying that God had sent him
(cf.  note on Matthew 12:41-42).

[Note on Matthew 12:41-42 states:

41-42. Nineveh was a city in Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) to which the
prophet Jonah was sent.  The Ninevites did penance (John 3:6-9) because
they recognized the prophet and accepted his message; whereas Jerusalem
does not wish to recognize Jesus, of whom Jonah was merely a figure.
The queen of the South was the queen of Sheba in southwestern Arabia,
who visited Solomon (1 Kings 10:1-10) and was in awe of the wisdom with
which God had endowed the King of Israel.  Jesus is also prefigured in
Solomon, whom Jewish tradition saw as the epitome of the wise man.
Jesus' reproach is accentuated by the example of pagan converts, and
gives us a glimpse of the universal scope of Christianity, which will
take root among the Gentiles.

There is a certain irony in what Jesus says about "something greater"
than Jonah or Solomon having come: really, He is infinitely greater,
but Jesus prefers to tone down the difference between Himself and any
figure, no matter how important, in the Old Testament.]

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Source: "The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries".  Biblical text
taken from the Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate.  Commentary
made by members of the Faculty of Theology of the University of
Navarre, Spain.  Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock,
Co. Dublin, Ireland.  Printed in Hungary.
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