Wednesday 1st Week of Lent
Lack of repentance is a cause of great suffering.
At the time of Jesus there were many false messiahs.
People wanted to make sure that Jesus was the Messiah.
So they asked for a sign.
That seems fair enough if all you’re looking for is proof.
The trouble with proof is that there is no need for faith or trust.
And without faith or trust there is no relationship with a person.
During the season of Advent,
we can give the Lord all kinds of signs that we love him.
We can sacrifice certain foods and our activities.
We can offer more devotions and the list goes on.
But none of these are the sign of Jonah.
Jonah did not want to go to Nineveh
and preach a message of doomsday.
He had to be persuaded through the use of a whale
that spit him out on Nineveh’s shores.
Jesus did not want to go to the cross
but begged his Father in the Garden of Gethsemane
to let that cup pass him by.
Was it the physical sufferings that he did not want to undergo?
It was not.
Jesus begged his Father to let the cup of his passion to pass him by,
because so many people would not repent, that is,
would not trust that the love and goodness of Jesus’ heart
could change them even after they saw
what he went through in his Passion.
A lack of repentance is a cause of great suffering for Jesus.
Let us ask Jesus to help us to trust him and his infinite mercy on us.
This is the sign of Jonah.
Listen to what Jesus told St. Faustina:
“The flames of mercy are burning Me – clamoring to be spent; I want to keep pouring them out upon souls; souls just don’t want to believe in my goodness.” (Diary 177).
Believe and trust, my friends,
that only the love and mercy of Jesus can change us.
Trusting in his mercy completely is the sign of Jonah
given to us so freely.
May all the signs of our love for Jesus and all the things we do
bring us into an encounter with his mercy.