Homily of the Apostolic Nuncio, Chapel of the Apostolic Nunciature, Monday 14 October 2019
Gospel: Luke 11:29-32
The Gospel of Matthew says that it was the Scribes and the Pharisees who were asking for a sign. They wanted Jesus to work a sign for them, a miracle, in such a way that they could become aware if He was the one sent by God, as they had imagined. They wanted Jesus to submit himself to their criteria. They wanted to fit Him into the framework of their own idea of the Messiah. 
There was no openness for a possible conversion in them. But Jesus did not submit himself to their request. It serves nothing to try to show a beautiful picture to a person who does not want to open their eyes. 
The only sign that will be given is the sign of Jonah. The only sign will be the resurrection of Jesus. This is the sign which will be given in the future to the Scribes and the Pharisees. Jesus, who was condemned to death by them, will rise from the dead by God and will continue to resurrect in many ways in those who believe in him. The sign which converts is not the miracles but the witness of life!
The reminder of the episode of the Queen of the South who recognizes the wisdom of Solomon shows how the Bible was used at that time. It was by association. The principal rule for the interpretation was this one: “The Bible is explained by the Bible”. Up until now, this is one of the more important norms for the interpretation of the Bible.
Jesus denounces the unbelief of the Scribes and of the Pharisees because “something greater than Jonah is here”. Jesus is greater than Jonah, greater than Solomon. For us Christians, He is the principal key for Scripture.