The word of the Lord came … a second time.
Wednesday of the First Week of Lent
The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time – because after the first time Jonah had tried to run away! What word might God be trying to speak to me today? In today’s Scriptures both the first reading and the Gospel praise the Ninevites for listening to the word of the prophet Jonah and acting on that word. We have Jesus, ‘greater than Jonah,’ calling us each and every day to live in his love. How might I better hear and respond to that call?
On the other hand, we are often like Jonah when we try to ignore God’s call. We go off in other directions seeking fulfillment. But our God is persistent and faithful. To paraphrase St. Augustine, “I sought and I sought, and finally He found me.” All we need to do is open our heart to his love. God will do the rest.
We continue to pray our Lenten theme ‘sustain in me a willing spirit” for ourselves and all our sisters and brothers on this Lenten journey.