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<< Wednesday, October 8, 1997 >>
 
Jonah 4:1-11
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Psalm 86 Luke 11:1-4
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THE DEATH WISH

 
"I would be better off dead than alive." —Jonah 4:8
 

Jonah prayed: "And now, Lord, please take my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live" (Jon 4:3). Jonah wanted to die because a worm killed his shade tree and left him uncomfortably hot (Jon 4:6-8). In effect, Jonah said: "Give me comfort or give me death." Jonah also wanted to die because the Lord forgave the Ninevites (Jon 4:1) instead of punishing them. These two reasons for wanting to die are connected.

Sometimes many of us also wish we were dead. Like Jonah, we feel sad about not having all the pleasures and comforts we want. We feel such a need for these creature comforts because of an emptiness inside. This emptiness may be a symptom of unforgiveness. When we refuse to forgive the Ninevites in our lives, we cut ourselves off from being forgiven (Mt 6:12), healed (Sir 28:2-3), and blessed. We deprive and curse ourselves. Then we try to compensate for our emptiness by stuffing ourselves with the things of the world. When we are stuffed, and consequently more empty, we become so discouraged that we wish we were dead. Unforgiveness leads to emptiness and pleasure-seeking, which leads to more emptiness and despair. The only way to escape the death wish is to forgive by giving our lives to Jesus and repenting.

Give; forgive; be full and fulfilled; love life.

 
Prayer: Father, I decide to forgive instead of being handed over to the torturers (Mt 18:34).
Promise: "Forgive us our sins for we too forgive all who do us wrong; and subject us not to the trial." —Lk 11:4
Praise: Rhonda adores Jesus several times each week in the Blessed Sacrament. She wants to give delight to Him.
 
(For related teaching, order our leaflets, Unforgiveness is the Cause, 14 Questions on Forgiveness, and Forgiveness and Evangelization.)
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, March 22, 1997
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, March 26, 1997
 
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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