In today’s Gospel we hear Jesus say, “An evil and unfaithful generation seeks a sign, but not sign will be given it except the sign of Jonah the prophet” (Matthew 12:39). We should receive this saying as a rebuke to the way of thinking which says, “unless _____ happens, I will not believe,” or “if _____ happens, then I will commit myself to following the Lord.” Simply put, all Jesus asks of us is our love and our faith. True love doesn’t have preconditions. Faith is an ascent of the will; a choice to believe God’s revealed word as true. If we try to place preconditions or demands for signs in the way of our following of Jesus, then we will never have faith. Faith is not a quid pro quo with God, nor is it something bartered. Faith is a choice which is rooted in love. May we leave our preconditions and demands behind and approach Jesus with empty hands!