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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