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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 12, A.D. 2003

Jonah 3:1-10
Psalm 51:3-4,12-13,18-19
Luke 11:29-32

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

A Sign of Jonah

Jesus says, "You people are waiting for a sign, but you will get none other than the sign of Jonah." What is this mysterious sign of Jonah? And what does it mean?

God told Jonah to warn the Ninevites of the destruction to come -- a destruction that was the just reward of their evil ways. Jonah finally acquiesced and did as the Lord said, warning all of Nineveh. The King of Nineveh recognized the truth of what Jonah said and ordered all the people into signs of repentance. God's hand was stayed.

But Jesus warns the people of His own time (and by implication our own, for how much worse is it than the times of the Lord?) that they are not heeding the clear signs they have been given. Jesus comes as the new, unreluctant Jonah to impress upon them the need and urgency of prayer and repentance. And if this does not happen? The Queen of the South will rise up and testify against them as well as the Ninevites.This queen is Sheba -- presumably a pagan queen -- who, impressed by the rumors of the great Solomon, visited him and was converted to the way of the Lord.

This Lent, let us take Jesus at His word and heed the sign that was given. Do not let His words rest in the mind, but make them more active in your life. With stressful and uncertain times, the most certain and comforting remedy is service to the Lord.

- JuandelaCruz, T.O.Carm (sriddle415@yahoo.com)


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