Posted by: livingscripture | October 11, 2017

27th Wednesday of Ordinary Time

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

October 11, 2017

27th Wednesday of Ordinary Time

 

 

WORD of the DAY

Then the LORD said, “You are concerned over the gourd plant which cost you no effort and which you did not grow; it came up in one night and in one night it perished.  And should I not be concerned over the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot know their right hand from their left, not to mention all the animals?   (Jonah 4: 10)

How shall I live this Word?

Jonah’s anger continues.  He leaves the converted city and stays at a distance to see how things will go.  In his dialog with God, he justifies his first flight and he seems to tell the Lord that he knew God would forgive the city.  So?  Why send him to preach?

God provides some shade for Jonah to calm him down.  There is a gourd that suddenly appears.  The gift is appreciated and Jonah rests under the delicate shade of the plant, which in a short time, withers and leaves Jonah at the mercy of the torrid sun.  Jonah again reacts with depression and complaints.  He wants to die and has neither the heart nor the mind to grasp the allegorical meaning of what is happening.

We become attached to small, futile things, and we do everything to keep them, guard them, save them.  Why is it that regarding people, we often cannot cultivate intense sentiments like we do for animals and objects dear to us? The Lord obliges Jonah and us to recognize His magnanimity, His benevolence, not as signs of weakness, but as the power of God which alone can change the world.

Lord, help us to savor mercy and a heart like Yours, to continually give life, generate hope in our life and that of others.

The Voice of R. Laurentin, Theologian

We are able to be merciful in the measure in which we know we are the object of mercy.

 

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