One Greater than Solomon


Scriptures

At the judgment the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation and she will condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and there is something greater than Solomon here. (Luke 11:31)


Observation

In the parallel passage of Matthew, the sign of Jonah is the death and resurrection of Christ. Here, the sign of Jonah is the teaching of Jesus Christ. Jonah announced the destruction of Nineveh and the people of Nineveh repented. The Queen of Sheba travelled all the way to Jerusalem to hear Solomon’s Wisdom. Jesus though greater than either Jonah or Solomon is still asked for a sign to legitimate His words? In the Judgment, the generation that seeks a sign will stand before Nineveh and the Queen of the South. They will be the accusers.

Application

While Jews ask for a sign and the Greeks seek a philosophy, Paul writes, we have Jesus Christ, the Wisdom and Power of God. During this age of the information highway, everyone seeks the Truth that will shed light on his existence. What we offer is Christ, the one who is able to reveal man to himself. When we give Him to a world that unknowingly seeks Him, we are actually fulfilling the mission to which we are called. Evangelization is simply that: giving Christ to the world. And just as the world did not accept Him the first time, so we can be sure that the world will continue rejecting Him today. It is our responsibility however to see that we continue to propose Christ to the world, not ourselves, nor our petty ideas and theories. When we give Christ to the world, we are giving the substance of our lives.

Prayer

Lord, sometimes we forget that our main resource is You. We tend to be distracted by this or that resource: financial, human, institutional… We forget that without You we cannot do anything. Remind me Lord that the work of evangelization is Yours and that I am but your servant. Bend my will that it may conform to yours. Fill my mind with your light, that I may see things as You see them.

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