Wednesday February 20,2019

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Jonah 3:1-10   Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19   Luke 11:29-32

29 When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, "This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign shall be given to it  except the sign of Jonah. 30 For as Jonah became a sign to the men of Nin'eveh, so will the Son of man be to this generation. 31 The queen of the South will arise at the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them; for she came from the ends of the earth to  hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here. 32 The men of Nin'eveh will arise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.

“God will not spurn a humbled, contrite heart.” Yes, this is indeed the greatest blessing received by humankind. When we were molested in sin, he came to heal us with forgiveness and compassion and we were saved by Him and the salvation slips into us and flowers in us when we possess an attitude of contrition.
The First Reading provides us with an ample example how God is ready to forgive us and forget the evil destined upon us by the mere density and sincerity of our repentance. It beautifully correlates the need for repentance. Indeed the Season of Lent is an opportunity to repent and forgive so as to receive the forgiveness from God and be cured of our wounds of unsatisfied unhappiness and the excruciating pains of weaknesses and sins.
Jonah being a sign to the people of Nineveh, what more can Jesus be than a sign to the whole world to remind about the wrath of God and remember the possibilities of salvation by a humble and contrite heart.
Let’s wish for a steadfast spirit by which we may strive more and more steadfastly not to fall into any evils again, but to approach the throne of Justice and Righteousness and thus to devour the fruits of compassion and forgiveness from God, through our attitudes of deliberate determination to change our heart and protrude ourselves in the world so unassumingly, but with a humble and contrite heart.
Let’s disarm ourselves before God and let’s throw ourselves into the hands of God, so that He may fight for us and we be armed with His assurance of forgiveness and compassion.

Bro. Fidelis