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<< Monday, October 4, 1999 >> St. Francis of Assisi
 
Jonah 1:1—2:1, 11
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Jonah 2:2-5, 8 Luke 10:25-37
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LIVING A HELL OF A LIFE?

 
Jonah "paid the fare, and went aboard to journey with them to Tarshish, away from the Lord." —Jonah 1:3
 

Jonah refused to go to the Ninevites and tell them to repent (Jon 1:2ff). When he refused to do God's will, he could not stay where he was; instead, he felt compelled to flee (Jon 1:3). In his flight, Jonah caused a "furious tempest" (Jon 1:4). Next, he was thrown into the sea and swallowed by a large fish, in whose belly he remained for "three days and three nights" (Jon 1:15—2:1). Then Jonah was regurgitated onto the shore (Jon 2:11).

If we say "no" to living with God, we begin living hell. We separate ourselves from God and turn our lives into "a violent wind" and "furious tempest" (Jon 1:4). If we refuse to do God's will, we will feel as if we are drowning and swallowed alive by circumstances beyond our control. In our sin, we live in a cavernous darkness, and like a dog we return to our vomit (see 2 Pt 2:22) until we are thrown up.

"The Lord, indeed, knows how to...continue the punishment of the wicked up to the day of judgment" (2 Pt 2:9). A life of selfishness, disobedience, and sin has its pleasures but also its horrors — not only after death but also before death. Live the only good life. Give your self to Jesus, "the Way, and the Truth, and the Life" (Jn 14:6).

 
Prayer: Father, may I repent and do penance as St. Francis of Assisi did.
Promise: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself." —Lk 10:27
Praise: Twice a week, St. Francis visited a local leper colony, bringing them hope and the message of Jesus.
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, April 10, 1999
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 16, 1999
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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