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Am I reluctant to Follow Our Lord???

Am I reluctant to Follow Our Lord???

(Jonah 3:1-10)

Jonah had been so anxious to avoid giving Our Lord’s Message to the citizens of Nineveh that he had at first set off in the opposite direction and hopped on a boat bound for Spain!

It took a perilously close look at death to convince him that he was in the wrong place at the wrong time!  Our Lord, firmly insistent and full of patience, gives him a second chance, and this time Jonah obeys straight away.

The outcome of his obedience is that a whole enormous city is rescued.  Contrary to Jonah’s expectations, the threat of destruction brings the people to their senses, and they repent of the way they have been behaving.

Every day we can come across instances of grossly unjust, greed, destructive and abusive behaviour in our world, and no doubt they cause us concern.  Could it be that such behaviour continues and thrives because there is no one prepared to speak out against it and warn of the effects of such a way of life?  Like Jonah, we are tempted to busy ourselves elsewhere, fearing the consequences of speaking out boldly.

As Christ’s Body on earth, despite the circumstances, we are asked to share the “Good News” in order that our Society comes into “newness of life”, enabling the World to become a place of peace and delight.

**And Our Lord will help us!!!

 Jonah 3:1-10

 1 Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.”

 3 Jonah obeyed the word of the LORD and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it. 4 Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” 5 The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.

 6 When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. 7 This is the proclamation he issued in Nineveh:

   “By the decree of the king and his nobles:

   Do not let people or animals, herds or flocks, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. 8 But let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. 9 Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.”

 10 When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.