Monday of the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gn. 4:1-15, 25 | Ps. 50:1, 8, 16bc-17, 20-21 | Mk. 8:11-13

 Genesis relates the story of Cain and Abel offering sacrifices to God.  Cain gave an offering of some food but Abel gave one of the best from his flock.  As a result, God is pleased with Abel’s sacrifice.  Cain became jealous; and, in his anger, killed Abel.  God banished Cain and promised that he will not yield successful crops in the future.  The Pharisees try to get Jesus to give them a sign that would prove that Jesus was doing the good deeds from/under God’s approval.  Jesus refuses to do so.  We sometimes fall into the category of Cain and/or the category of the Pharisees.  What makes the difference is not a sign.  What makes the difference is our belief, and trust in God and our single-mindedness that enables us to have one view point,  i.e.,  God’s and one’s desire to put all of our trust and contentment in God.  

Ask Jesus to give you a pure heart and work towards the acceptance of God’s life and love in us and not for proof of signs. 

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