Tuesday 5 October 2021

About Today Readings

St Faustina Kowalska

Jonah 3:1-10. If you, O Lord, laid bare our guilt, who could endure it? – Psalm 129(130):1-4, 7-8. Luke 10:38-42.

Meditations on divine mercy

In today’s first reading and Psalm we have two of the great meditations on divine mercy found in the Old Testament. These passages, and many others besides, give lie to the absurd, though now banal through constant repetition, suggestion that the Old Testament pictures God as lacking mercy. Amid it’s humour Jonah even makes clear that God’s love reaches out beyond Israel, planting some of the seedlings which will bloom in the life of Jesus and the dawn of the Church. In Nineveh and the words of the psalmist we find beautiful expressions of the repentance which allows us to experience this mercy. Unlike the Ninevites we have the advantage that we don’t have to wonder whether God will forgive us when we turn back to him. We have, in the life, death and resurrection of our Lord, evidence of his boundless love and forgiveness.

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