The True Jonah!

Matthew 12:40
For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale, so will the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Poor Jonah thought he had it tough.  In his bitter rage at Nineveh’s sins, he ran the exact opposite direction from where God had sent him: away from calling these lousy murdering scum to repentance and salvation.  And all it got him was a free three-day tour of the digestive tract of a great fish. It was only after the fish urrrped him up on to the shore that Jonah grudgingly got round to mumbling “Repent” to these abhorred people.  And then the worst thing happened!  They listened to him!  It was enough to drive a prophet crazy!  If only he had known how hard God’s own lot would be.  For he would not, like Jonah, pass through the figure of death, but through death itself.  And His blood would buy not only the Ninevites’ lives, but even Jonah’s, who was, in some ways, a tougher nut to crack than the king of Assyria.  Today, remember that you are just another sinner, even if you justly have a gripe against someone who has done you wrong.  Christ died for everyone and slept in the tomb today so that we could all awake in heaven.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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