Daily Reflection — God’s Visitation


When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, “This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of Jonah. For as Jonah became a sign to the men of Nin′eveh, so will the Son of man be to this generation. The queen of the South will arise at the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them; for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here. The men of Nin′eveh will arise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.” (Luke 11:29-32).

When the time was full, God the Son entered creation, becoming the God-man, Jesus. This was the great prophet that the people of God had been awaiting since Moses. Never in their wildest imaginings could they have guessed that the great prophet would not simply speak for God, but be God himself!

Through salvation history, God sent prophets to His people to speak for Him. In the case of Jonah, a prophet was sent to outsiders, instead of Israel. This prophet, Jonah, represented God’s visitation to the Ninevites. They listened and repented. But Jesus came to the Chosen People—to God’s own. And God’s own did not seem open; indeed they were obstinate in their rejection. They missed the visitation. Jesus warned them that the consequences of their rejection of Him would be condemnation.

In our own time, God continues to call out to us; inviting us to share in His love and blessing. In this way, we can say that His visitation among us continues. Do we receive Him, surrender to Him, serve Him? Don’t miss God’s visitation. Receive Him into your life in Sacrament and Word this Lent.

Remember, you are dust, and to dust you will return. Repent and believe in the Gospel.

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Deacon Mike Bickerstaff Editor-In-Chief, ICL

Deacon Michael Bickerstaff is the Editor in chief and co-founder of the The Integrated Catholic Life.™ A Catholic Deacon of the Roman Rite for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Deacon Bickerstaff is assigned to St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church where he is the Director of Adult Education and Evangelization.

He is also the Founder and President of Virtue@Work, where he provides Executive and Personal Coaching, Mentoring and Organizational Consulting. Deacon Mike has 30+ years management consulting experience in senior executive leadership positions providing organizational planning and implementation services with a focus on human resource strategy and tax qualified retirement plan design, administration and compliance.

He is a co-founder of the successful annual Atlanta Catholic Business Conference; the Chaplain of the Atlanta Chapter of the Woodstock Theological Center’s Business Conference; and Chaplain of the St. Peter Chanel Faith at Work Business Association and co-founder and Chaplain of the Marriages Are Covenants Ministry, both of which serve as models for similar parish-based ministries.

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