Lenten reflections 2018 - 01 - Wednesday - First week of Lent





Wednesday - First week of Lent


(Jonah 3: 1-10; Luke 11: 29-32)

`And Jonah preached and Nineveh repented; and look, there is
someone greater than Jonah here'

With the aid of the media we are exposed to the signs of the times - the need for Justice, employment, equality, dignity of all peoples, etc. Chaos on the road is diminished when we obey the signs which show speed limits, stop, go and yield signs. But what about the signs along the road of our spiritual life? In today's Gospel Jesus pointed out such signs. One such sign is that of Jonah, the other, the sign of the Son of Man. Both signs say, 'Reform your life'

The sign of Jonah was the image of one man trying to awaken the pagan Ninevites to the spiritual facts of life. Jonah was reticent in fulfilling this call of God. One can understand this if we look a little into the history of the time. The Ninevites were the hated Assyrians, who destroyed the ten northern tribes of the Hebrews and rained widespread destruction upon Judah (2 Kings 17 & 19). Nevertheless, these people, among the cruelest in biblical history, allowed themselves to be converted by Jonah. Yet the voice of Jesus whose wisdom is greater than that of Solomon and Jonah is not being heard.

The signs of God come to us in many ways - the voice of the beggar, the news on TV, the restlessness and void within, the yearning for happiness and well-being that tears at our hearts. Jesus has a personal message for each of us. Will we stop, become silent enough to hear his Word of compassion?


Breath Prayer:


I breathe in:      'I open my heart'


I breathe out:    'Touch me Jesus with your presence'



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