“O THAT TODAY YOU WILL LISTEN TO HIS VOICE, HARDEN NOT YOUR HEART” (Ps 94:7-8)
????Jon 3:1-10; Ps 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19 (R.v.19b); Luke 11:29-32
I don’t know what you think about the book of Jonah; whether real or not. But one thing is sure – the message. The generosity of God in showing mercy to those who turn to him is great.
In the first place, it makes the prophecy of Ezekiel true when he said that God does not want the death of a sinner but that he might repent and be saved (Ezek 33:11). It equally makes true the prophecy of Isaiah in Isa 1:18, “Come now, let us reason together. Though your sins are like scarlet, they will be white as snow…”
All that God desires of us is a keen and willing heart. It is a kind of willing heart which counts everything as lost for the sake of knowing Christ (cf. Phil 3:8); a kind that is not ashamed to expose itself before God as the leper did (cf. Mark 1:40ff).
That willing heart was lacking in the life of the Jews of Jesus’ time but ironically found among the pagans (cf. Luke 11:29-32). The Jews wanted to see a sign before they believe and repent.
Do we not also behave like the Jews when we give excuses on why we cannot come back to God immediately or doubt the power of God to forgive us? Note that delay could be dangerous because there is really no time (Jon 3:4).
So let us pray today with the Church, “Grant to us O Lord, a heart renewed. Recreate in us your own Spirit Lord.” And may the mercy of the Lord be upon you as you make a prompt and firm decision to follow him. Amen.
Have a happy day under the mercy of God. Peace be with you.