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I've looked for them; so have you. Well, most of you, I assume.
It could be because you're wavering on a decision about something life altering: a move to a new city, a change of jobs, going back to college for a degree in something you're passionate about this time. Or it could just be due to the fact that you're over-tired or super stressed or completely overwhelmed with work or personal issues...or perhaps down in the dumps and feeling a little unsure of...well, everything, frankly.
So you look up. You look around. You look down the street and online. You peer through the department store or supermarket or into the trees. Maybe you even glance down into a few dark places; like the bottom of vodka bottle. Here's a hint: nothing good was ever found there, yo.
But, for whatever reason, you are searching for a sign. A sign to tell you which direction to choose or what job to pick. A sign to validate your choice of spouse or vehicle or $500 shoes. #ItHappens
Look, no one is a bigger believer in signs that this little Italian/Irish Catholic, Capisce? In fact, I was just having this deep philosophical conversation with my son yesterday about the next life and, shortly thereafter, with my BFF, when guess what flew directly in front of my face? A Monarch butterfly.
Right hand to the Big Guy, that totally happened.
For those who may not be aware, the Monarch Butterfly has long been associated, in many different cultures, with angels or "visiting souls" or spirits. We Christians know the majestic and stunningly beautiful invertebrate as a symbol of the resurrection. Scoff if you want...but I'm talking about heaven and my firm belief that it's real (even though it is a tough concept for us humans to grasp) when the very symbol of rebirth flies directly into the face of doubt---and your old pal, pk? BAM.
Um, hello? Signed, sealed, delivered, you dig? For anyone out there struggling today, here's your sign:
Hold on; everything is going to be okay---believe it.
Ps 95:8 R. Alleluia, alleluia. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts. Gospel Mt 12:38-42 Some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” He said to them in reply, “An evil and unfaithful generation seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it except the sign of Jonah the prophet. Just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights. At the judgment, the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and there is something greater than Jonah here. At the judgment the queen of the south will arise with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and there is something greater than Solomon here.”