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No sign will be given

Mon­day. [I Cor. 9:13–18; Matt. 16:1–6] The Phar­isees and Sad­ducees de?sired of the Lord that He would show them a sign, but they did not see the sign before their very eyes. The Lord Him­self was the sign —His teach­ing and deeds clear­ly showed who He was; no addi­tion­al evi­dence was need­ed. The works that I do… they bear wit­ness of me (John 10:25), He said to the Jews. The Lord denounced them, say­ing, Ye can dis­cern the face of the sky, but the signs of the times ye can­not dis?cern. Why did this hap­pen with them? Because they lived an out?ward life, and did not enter with­in them­selves. With­out col­lect­ed­ness, with­out atten­tive­ness and with­out self-search­ing it is impos­si­ble to no?tice or com­pre­hend the works of God. This has con­tin­ued until this day. Chris­tian­i­ty is before every?one’s eyes as the true sign of God; but those who look at it do not see this, are shak­en in faith and step a?way. Their eyes lose the abil­i­ty to see the stamp of divin­i­ty in it, and they are ready to ask for spe­cial signs from heav­en, like the Jews. But a sign is not giv­en and shall not be giv­en, because those who seek this do so only to tempt, and not in order to walk the path of Christ. Just enter onto this path, and from the first step you will see that it is di?vine, that it leads to God and brings God near­er to you. The Lord said to the Jews: “there shall no sign be giv?en… but the sign of the prophet Jo?nas.” The Lord fore­saw today’s un?believers as well, and pre­pared for them an answer: Then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heav­en: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn… (Matt. 24:30).

Saint Theo­phan the Recluse