In today”s Gospel, we hear that Jesus is a “greater than Jonah” and also a “greater than Solomon.” While these and other ”great” Old Testament figures have much to teach us, they don”t hold a candle to Christ, the God-man.
After all, Christ is the fulfillment of the various signs and events of the Old Testament. Jonah”s three-day sojourn in the whale”s belly, as remarkable as that sounds, pales in comparison with the Resurrection of Christ on the third day. And Christ”s wisdom, untainted by sin and without limit, infinitely exceeds the created, human wisdom of King Solomon.
In our lives, there are a lot of people that make us ooh and ahh. We talk about being “star-struck” when in the presence of a movie star or sports hero. It”s always a big deal to get a photo op with a president or governor or some other VIP.
And every time I’2012-04-24 18:35:46′ve been in the presence of the Holy Father, people suddenly are unable to put together a coherent sentence–overcome not only by his personality and presence, but also by his office and all that it represents.
And when we have an opportunity to meet someone like that, we naturally jump at the opportunity.
But in the tabernacle we have a “Greater than _________.” You fill in the blank. Jesus is a “greater than Barack,” a “greater than Lebron,” a “greater than Hannity.” I”m sure we all realize that, but why aren”t we spending more time with Jesus–at Mass, in Eucharistic adoration, in moments of prayer throughout the day?
Our assessment of “greatness,” to be meaningful, must be reflected in our time and priorities, which in turn reflects a heart given over to Christ.