Mark never minces words. His gospel simply tells it like it is. In today’s gospel reading, the Pharisees argue with Jesus and try to compel him to perform a “sign” that would convince them that he is the Messiah. Jesus rebukes them, and for good reason.
The Pharisees came forward and began to argue with Jesus,
seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him.
He sighed from the depth of his spirit and said,
“Why does this generation seek a sign?
Amen, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.”
Then he left them, got into the boat again,
and went off to the other shore.
Why did Jesus refuse to perform a sign? Because they lacked faith. The lepers, the lame and the blind knew who Jesus was but the Pharisees did not. They saw only through the lens of self righteousness.
Are we like the Pharisees or those afflicted ones that approached Jesus in humility?
Do we demand that God perform signs for us?