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<< Monday, October 9, 2017 >> St. Denis
St. John Leonardi

Jonah 1:1—2:1, 11
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Jonah 2:3-5, 8 Luke 10:25-37
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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 yourself to Jesus, "the Way, and the Truth, and the Life" (Jn 14:6).

Prayer: Father, may I repent and do penance.
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: St. Denis evangelized the Franks. In return, he was martyred with his companions Fr. Rusticus and deacon Eleutherius.
(Presentation Ministries offers a retreat, Orientation and Training for Guadalupe Bible College Teachers and Mentors, on Oct. 20-22 at our Retreat Center in Peebles, Ohio. Perhaps you feel a calling to help teach the Bible. Call 513-373-2397 or visit our website at for more information.)
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†Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 12, 2017.
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