October 6, 2015 Jonah 3:1-10; Luke 10:38-42
Throughout history … we have many examples of how much God loves His people … and how generous God is in providing opportunities for repentance when we stray. The first reading … from the book of Jonah … is a powerful recounting of God’s patience … and His profound mercy and compassion. The Ninevites believed in God … but over time … they became lax. So … God sent Jonah to urge them to repent. Here’s the chance for them to turn back to the Lord … or … suffer grave consequences.
Jonah enters the city and … somehow … the Ninevites are so receptive that they believe him … declare a fast … and implore God’s forgiveness and mercy. They hoped God would hear their wailing … and withhold punishment. And … that is exactly what happened.
This story of Jonah and the Ninevites is not just an ancient tale … it is also a reminder to us … that when we stray from God … we always have a chance to beg God’s mercy … compassion … and forgiveness to bring our lives back into God’s grace … into His loving embrace.
The story of Jonah gives us hope and reassurance that God doesn’t expect perfection … but God does expect fidelity … humility … and repentance.
All God asks is that we continue our journey with open hearts … and He will always be there for us with His love … compassion and forgiveness every step of our way.