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dc.contributor.authorPurcell, Tomen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 226en_US
dc.description.abstractmartyrs|The story from Jonah reminds me of the cartoons we see often with the wild-haired, bearded, usually bug-eyed, prophet of doom who proclaims that the end of the world is near. These cartoons usually are humorous, and if we by chance encounter such a person on the street we more than likely treat them like the cartoon - a diversion, nothing serious, a message of no substance.|Yet the people of Nineveh, a huge city (think New York?) listened to someone very much like our cartoon character and repented within a day. What power Jonah must have exuded! He must have palpably conveyed the sincerity, the truth, the reality of his message. Even the king, the one who had the most to lose by changing the status quo, "sat in the ashes" and repented.|Jesus says in the gospel excerpt from Luke that "no sign will be given except the sign of Jonah." What was that sign? The passage from Jonah is silent. Jesus doesn't elaborate. I think the answer is that Jonah was a true messenger from God, speaking plainly God's message, to a people who listened. His power came not from miracles or signs, but from the message and how it was delivered.|The psalmist reminds us that God values a contrite and humbled heart, exactly what the people of Nineveh realized when they listened to Jonah. The psalmist puts into words our prayer for this lenten season - "A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me." In a later time Jesus calls his listeners to respond to the same message, to seek a clean heart and a steadfast spirit. His presence is greater than Jonah, and his listeners, including us, receive a clearer enunciation of God's call to us.|And so I pray today that I can listen to the message of Jesus as the people of Nineveh listened to God's message delivered by Jonah, and that I can act on that message by seeking a clean heart and a steadfast spirit.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Wednesday, March 7, 2001: 1st week in Lent.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitCollege of Business Administrationen_US
dc.program.unitHeider College of Businessen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorPurcell, Thomas J., IIIen_US 1en_US
dc.subject.local1Jonah 3:1-10en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 11:29-32en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US Ien_US

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