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Homily for Friday of the 27th Week in Ordinary Time

Jesus, the Sun of Justice

Homily for Thursday of the 27th Week in Ordinary Time

Jonah Should Have Known

Homily for Wednesday of the 27th Week in Ordinary Time

There is great irony in today’s reading from the Book of Jonah. There is perhaps no better known story about the prophets than the story of the man who was swallowed whole by a great fish or whale which then spat him up on the shore near the city to which God had directed him. Songs have been written about this enigmatic character; even today, sailors refer to an unlucky person on their ship as a Jonah.

However, ironically, while this part of the story is well known, the part about the falling out between God and Jonah after God relents in punishing the Ninevites is often forgotten. We are more fascinated by the notions of God’s wrath decimating sinful people than we are in notion of God’s mercy. That is the first bit of irony.

There is an even more telling ironic twist in Jonah’s words as he argues with God. “I knew that you are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger, rich in clemency, loath to punish.” And why did Jonah know this? Simply put, they are almost the exact words used to describe God in the Book of Exodus, words uttered by God to reveal himself to Moses. “So the LORD passed before him and proclaimed: The LORD, the LORD, a God gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in love and fidelity.”

There is an anecdote that I have heard more than once. As the children of Israel reached the shore after walking through the Red Sea, they found God sitting on a rock weeping. They said to the Lord, “Dry your tears, Lord, we are safe. We made it through the Red Sea unharmed by Pharaoh’s army. They have all drowned.” God turned to them and said through tears, “Don’t you realize that the Egyptians were also my children?”

Today as we pray the Lord’s prayer, let the words about forgiveness soak into our lives and transform us into a people, slow to anger and rich in kindness.

Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M., Administrator

Six Ways St. Francis Changed the Church and the World

Homily for the Solemnity of St. Francis of Assisi

Six Ways St. Francis Changed the Church and the World

The Search for a Relationship

Homily for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Search for a Relationship

The Archangels

Homily for the Feast of Sts. Michael, Raphael, and Gabriel

The Archangels

Drawing Others to God

Homily for Tuesday in the 26th Week of Ordinary Time

Drawing Others to God

A Troubling Situation

Homily for Wednesday of the 25th Week in Ordinary Time

Untold Mercy

Homily for the Feast of St. Matthew

Untold Mercy

Least and Last; Greatest and First

Homily for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Least and Last; Greatest and First

Feast of the Stigmata of St. Francis

Homily for the Feast Day

Feast of the Stigmata of St. Francis

Accepting Forgiveness

Homily for Thursday of the 24th Week in Ordinary Time

Our Lady of Sorrows

Homily for the Memorial

Our Lady of Sorrows

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Homily for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Homily for the Feast

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross
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