Commentary on the Gospel of

Paulson Veliyannoor, CMF - Claretian Publications Philippines

Sight vs Hearing

“Faith is the conviction of things not seen” (Heb 11:1). Sight has nothing to do with faith. Hence, the demand of the leaders that Jesus work a sign for them to see and believe has nothing to do with faith. It is just plain stubbornness. Consequently, Jesus refuses to work any sign for them—they have had enough signs already if they cared to read history through the eyes of faith.

When it comes to faith, what matters is not sight, but hearing. The Ninevites turned to the Lord not because they saw any signs from Jonah, but because they listened to God’s words announced by Jonah. The Queen of the South came to hear Solomon; not to see his works. Through Micah, this is what Yahweh asks of his people: to hear him and do what God tells them to do. The signs can wait.


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