This eleventh chapter of Luke’s gospel is an interesting one. It appears to be centered, for the most part, around the idea of prayer. We hear Luke’s version of the Our Father. Then there is a parable about the need for persistence in prayer. There is the questioning of the source of Jesus’ power, which reminds us of the ways in which we can doubt the good deeds of others. Today the focus is on the power of a sign. Jonah and Solomon are mentioned as examples of signs given already. And to those who doubt, no sign will be given. It is not unlike when Jesus went to his hometown. No miracle was performed because of a lack of faith.
This is a stark reminder that when we go looking for signs we must be careful. We cannot look for signs in place of Jesus. Rather, Jesus is the sign. Jesus is the person longing to give life, love and grace to a new relationship. We do not need the signs of others, for Jesus is already here.