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October 11, 2021

St. John XXIII

Lk 11: 29-32 

When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, “This generation is an evil generation; it asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so the Son of Man will be to this generation. 

The queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, and see, something greater than Solomon is here! 

The people of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the proclamation of Jonah, and see, something greater than Jonah is here!

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

The Sign of Jonah

Jesus is exasperated as the crowd asks for another sign. He responds with a puzzling reference to the “sign of Jonah.” Today, we can easily make the connection between Jesus’ resurrection after three days in the tomb, and Jonah’s surviving three days in a maritime monster.

Yet, is there more to Jesus’ referencing the sign of Jonah? What happened when the wicked Ninevites respond positively to Jonah’s preaching? They turned to God; they repented and were spared destruction. God’s love is freely poured out upon them. Jesus is saying to the crowd, and to us, wake-up and see God’s amazing love. God’s love is more powerful than death itself. God’s love is freely offered to each of us every day.

Do I turn first to God’s powerful love to be my strength, when I am faced by daily challenges that are overwhelming me?

 —Russ Long is a parishioner and participant in the After the Spiritual Exercises program at St. Peter Catholic Church in Charlotte, NC, the Jesuit parish in the Diocese of Charlotte.

 

Prayer

Every day I need you, Lord, but today especially,
I need some extra strength to face whatever is to come.
This day, more than any other day,
I need to feel you near me to strengthen my courage and to overcome any fear.
By myself I cannot meet the challenge of the hour.
We are frail human creatures and we need a Higher Power to sustain us in all that life may bring.
And so, dear Lord, hold my trembling hand.
Be with me, Lord, this day and stretch out your powerful arm to help me.
May your love be upon me as I place all my hope in you. Amen.

—St. John XXIII


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October 11, 2021

St. John XXIII

Lk 11: 29-32 

When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, “This generation is an evil generation; it asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so the Son of Man will be to this generation. 

The queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, and see, something greater than Solomon is here! 

The people of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the proclamation of Jonah, and see, something greater than Jonah is here!

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

The Sign of Jonah

Jesus is exasperated as the crowd asks for another sign. He responds with a puzzling reference to the “sign of Jonah.” Today, we can easily make the connection between Jesus’ resurrection after three days in the tomb, and Jonah’s surviving three days in a maritime monster.

Yet, is there more to Jesus’ referencing the sign of Jonah? What happened when the wicked Ninevites respond positively to Jonah’s preaching? They turned to God; they repented and were spared destruction. God’s love is freely poured out upon them. Jesus is saying to the crowd, and to us, wake-up and see God’s amazing love. God’s love is more powerful than death itself. God’s love is freely offered to each of us every day.

Do I turn first to God’s powerful love to be my strength, when I am faced by daily challenges that are overwhelming me?

 —Russ Long is a parishioner and participant in the After the Spiritual Exercises program at St. Peter Catholic Church in Charlotte, NC, the Jesuit parish in the Diocese of Charlotte.

 

Prayer

Every day I need you, Lord, but today especially,
I need some extra strength to face whatever is to come.
This day, more than any other day,
I need to feel you near me to strengthen my courage and to overcome any fear.
By myself I cannot meet the challenge of the hour.
We are frail human creatures and we need a Higher Power to sustain us in all that life may bring.
And so, dear Lord, hold my trembling hand.
Be with me, Lord, this day and stretch out your powerful arm to help me.
May your love be upon me as I place all my hope in you. Amen.

—St. John XXIII


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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