Are we modern Jonah’s?

Do you find yourself running from things initially rather than facing them? If you do, you are not alone.

This is the word of The Lord that came to Jonah, son of Amittai: “Set our for the great city of Nineveh, and preach against it; their wickedness has come up before me. ” But Jonah made ready to flee to Tarsish away from The Lord. He went down to Joppa, found a ship going to Tarsish, paid the fare, and went aboard to journey with them to Tarsish, away from The Lord.” Jonah 1: 1-3

In our modern world we may not hear God’s voice, but we could be running from Him, when we run from making an important life decision, counseling a friend even when it’s hard or some other decision in life.

During this Lent take time to ponder what you are running from and face it head on next time. Do not face it alone though, ask our mother and the saints to help you!

Sometimes it it can be hard to take the narrow path, but taking the hard way now will only lead you to a better future in eternal life!

Remember how the story ended for Jonah and take comfort in knowing God understands our weaknesses and can even bring good out of our failures and shortcomings.

I will leave you with this quote from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI:

“It is not by sidestepping or fleeing from suffering that we are healed, but rather by our capacity for accepting it, maturing through it and finding meaning through union with Christ, who suffered with infinite love.”



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