Today’s Readings Jonah 3:1-10 Luke 11:29-32
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Today’s readings are about our need for repentance. We are asked to be contrite and humble in order to avoid God’s wrath. The first reading also reminds us that when “God saw by their actions how they turned from their evil way,” He forgave the people of Nineveh.
In Luke, Jesus is frustrated with the people. Christ warns of God’s judgment. The people want a magic show. Jesus says, “Here I am. I am greater than Solomon or Jonah.” The Son of God is standing right in front of them.
Actions speak louder than words. How do we know what is right and what is wrong? It seems to me that it is difficult to live a righteous life when there are so many temptations. It is easy to blame the media, the internet, friends, family, and society for many problems. But there is nothing that inhibits us from living humbly. There is no reason why we could not repent when we know that we have done something wrong.
To be humble, we submit to God’s will and authority; we recognize the talents that others possess, while recognizing the limits to my own talents and ability. While recognizing the talents of others can seem relatively easy, I often find it difficult to do things without being recognized. Too often, we search for recognition and honour because we want to be valued. However, we tend to forget that God values all of us, no matter who we are or what we have achieved. I don’t need to seek His approval – I have it. Undoubtedly, receiving recognition for my talents is appreciated, but those talents are a gift of God.
Today, I thank God for his many blessings and I ask him to keep me humble. I pray: “A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me; My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit.”