While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus said to them, "This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah. Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation.
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.
At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it, because at the preaching of Jonah they repented, and there is something greater than Jonah here."
In this Gospel, Jesus warns us about hearing His word but not accepting or following it. The people demanded proof that Jesus was the Messiah before they believed Him. Jesus says "This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah." Jonah was a sign from God. Because of his witness, Nineveh, a pagan city, was converted and the people repented and began to believe in God and His mercy.
How often do we find ourselves in the same situation as the Ninevites, demanding a sign from God before believing? As humans we are visual and rational beings. Sometimes we seek tangible signs from God. Maybe we want to affirm a decision or choice we have made or will make, or we need guidance in a certain situation or we just simply want to know that Jesus is present with us. All of these desires are good, but may they remind us to live by faith and not by signs and wonders.
Just as Jonah was a sign to the people of Nineveh, Jesus tells us that He himself is the sign. Is this enough for us to believe? True faith and trust lies in believing without seeing and knowing that Christ is always with us. During this time of Lent we are reminded of His great love for us and how He gave His life for us to live. He never leaves us, and is with us through it all. Today, increase your time in silent prayer, repent, do penance and pray for a greater conversion of all souls.