What do Santana and the King of the Ninevites have in common?
Would you believe that in some parallel universe, Back to the Future-ish, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure sort of way, the King of Nineveh may have been channeling the Latin rock group, Santana, when he proclaimed to the Ninevites “you’ve got to change your Evil Ways…?”
But hey, that’s the that immediately coursed through my brain matter as I listened to today’s reading from Jonah:
The irritable, reluctant prophet, Jonah begrudgingly accepts God’s call to trudge through Nineveh to warn the people of God’s imminent wrath. The King gets word of Jonah’s warning and proclaims a fast for humans and animals alike. He dons sackcloth and dives into the ash heap, hoping against hope that God relents.
Then he had this proclaimed throughout Nineveh: “By decree of the king and his nobles, neither man nor beast, neither cattle nor sheep, shall taste anything; they shall not eat, nor shall they drink water.
Man and beast shall be covered with sackcloth and call loudly to God; every man shall turn from his evil way and from the violence he has in hand. Who knows, God may relent and forgive, and withhold his blazing wrath, so that we shall not perish.”
When God saw by their actions how they turned from their evil way, he repented of the evil he had threatened to do to them; he did not carry it out. – Jonah 3:7-10
In today’s Gospel, Jesus calls the generation of the time “an evil generation,” and today’s Gospel concludes with Jesus saying:
“At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it, because at the preaching of Jonah they repented, and there is something greater than Jonah here.” – Luke 11:32
What about our generation? Do we need to repent? Will we? What will happen to us?
Thanks for taking some of your precious time today to read and listen to my thoughts. My commitment during Lent 2016 is to post a daily video reflection to help you and me on our walk through the season and toward Easter Sunday. I will also explore other matters of faith and also health and fitness to keep us fit for the journey. Click here for my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/davekwiecinski
I appreciate your help and encouragement. Please let me know how I can help you. This is something I’ve been called to do for some time. I’m finally embracing it. Father, forgive me for procrastinating.