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Wednesday 29th February, 2012
Jonah 3:1-10. A broken, humbled heart, O God, you will not scorn—Ps 50(51):3-4, 12-13, 18-19. Luke 11:29‑32.

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‘No sign will be given to this generation except the sign of Jonah.’

Taken as a whole, the liturgical readings for Lent highlight realities that lie at the very heart of our life as Christians—mercy, conversion, repentance, forgiveness, healing, enlightenment and the joy that flows from them.

These themes are illustrated in dramatic fashion in the Old Testament story of Jonah and the Ninevites.

Following their example in the weeks leading up to Easter, we may learn the truth of Pope St Leo’s claim that ‘fasting was ever the food of virtue’, especially if we ‘fill up what is wanting in our fasting with almsgiving to the poor’.

Reflecting on Jonah’s experience, the Cistercian mystic Thomas Merton, invites us to embrace the paradox that fullness of life in the resurrected Christ can only come through death to self.



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