Wednesday 1 March 2023
Jonah 3:1-10. A broken, humbled heart, O God, you will not scorn – Psalm 50(51):3-4, 12-13, 18-19. Luke 11:29-32.
You reap what you sow
The Lectionary makes insightful textual comparison to help us easily understand the Gospel. Alone, the books of the Bible are powerful, but together, the meaning becomes more accessible to modern audiences. I appreciate the conversation between texts of different genres and time periods in these readings. In Jonah, we see an example of how to repent effectively. These days we would call it ‘taking responsibility for our behaviour’. In Psalms, we see through the eyes of a sinner who took responsibility for their actions and made the changes necessary to be a better person, worthy of praising the Lord. Finally, we hear Jesus admonish those who wait to be told to take responsibility for their behaviour, because we have already had that sign in his birth, death, and Resurrection. Now is the time to make the decision to do right. The message is clear: in your relationship with the Lord, you reap what you sow. Be kind.