Reflection for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time……January 21, 2018
by Mary Toline, Notre Dame Associate
A reading from the Book of Prophet Jonah Jonah 3: 1-5
The word of the Lord came to Jonah, saying: “Set out for the great city of Nineveh, and announce to it the message that I will tell you.” So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh, according to the Lord’s bidding. Now Nineveh was an enormously large city; it took three days to go through it. Jonah began his journey through the city, and had gone but a single day’s walk announcing, “Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed,” when the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast and all of them, great and small, put on sackcloth.
When God saw by their actions how they turned from their evil way, he repented of the evil that he had threatened to do to them; he did not carry it out.
After reading this I could only think about my life and being a mother, grandmother, friend, neighbor, co-worker, and member of organizations.
Especially with family, when you could see that they had misbehaved, and you warn them and they keep doing the same things; it takes all your patience but you have to lay down the law and tell them to take a time-out, they are grounded, or can’t drive the car, or any other punishment that fits the crime! If you can tell they are improving you let them out of punishment. It makes one feel so bad that they do bad things and feel like you haven’t done a good job of teaching them wrong from right.
We just want everyone to be perfect, but that doesn’t always happen. People can be so mean and rude, but you either say something, say nothing, or just avoid those people completely.
Can you imagine God looking out from Heaven and seeing all the evil going on. I’m sure it hurts him very much. But like a good parent or friend, if he sees improvement he forgives. It is so wonderful we have the sacrament of Confession to tell him our sins and that we hope to not sin again. He continues to forgive us and encourages us on our road to heaven.