In Monday’s Gospel this week, “some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.” Matthew 12:38. Why did they want a sign? I would argue whatever sign Jesus chose to display would that have been sufficient to acknowledge that he was God’s son?
Secondly, why did Jesus need to yield to their demands? It would seem to me the Pharisees and teachers of the law were treating Jesus like a magician wanting him to deliver a bag of tricks. However, that was not Jesus’ purpose to make people believe because of the miracles he performed but through the proclamation of the Gospel message that encourages everyone to be selfless in their words and actions.
Finally, why should you have to second guess yourself. I believe when try to please others you start to compromise yourself and fail to fulfil what you have set out to achieve. I am inspired by Jesus that he refused to entertain the Pharisees and teachers of the law and focussed on achieving his end goal. That was extolling the Good News and dying and rising again so that have everyone has the opportunity for eternal life. Jesus’ selfless act and commitment to his mission has changed many lives since, including mine.