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The Reluctant Prophet

Submitted by on Monday, 3 October 2011One Comment


Today’s Readings

  • Reading I:  Jonah 1:1-2:11 (passim)
  • Responsorial Psalm: Jonah 2
  • Gospel Reading: Luke 10:25-37

Jonah the Prophet

Our lectio divina for Monday to Wednesday will cover the book of Jonah.


The book of "Jonah" is a devotional book with a prophet for the main character. The story is set in the 8th century BC, when Nineveh still existed as the capital of Babylon. The book itself was written centuries later when Nineveh no longer existed, i.e. after the exile. The author of the book has the notion of Israel’s God as the God of all nations, and not only that of Israel — a notion that developed after the exile.

Jonah didn’t like his mission to preach to Nineveh, the capital city of a future empire that would destroy Israel. Instead of going there as directed by God, he goes on a ship that was going to the opposite direction. A storm broke on the sea however and the suspicion arose that someone on board had angered the gods. Jonah realizing that he was the one endangering the lives of his companions at sea, asked to be thrown out of the ship. The sailors threw Jonah into the sea after imploring the mercy of God, and a big fish swallowed up the prophet.

The responsorial psalm is the prayer that Jonah prays from within the belly of the whale, but which the author describes as addressed from the depths of Sheol.

The Parable of the Good Samaritan


The parable of the Good Samaritan is Jesus’ response to the query of a lawyer who has asked him the meaning of neighbor based on the commandment: "Love your neightbor as yourself." The parable of the Good Samaritan opens up the situation of a man who gets mugged as he was on his way to Jericho. The dying man was left alone on the road and looked dead. A priest and a Levite passed by but because of the ritual law prohibiting the touching of a cadaver, they went on the other side of the road and proceeded on the way of Jerusalem, presumably for worship. Then a Samaritan came — a non-Jew, and by definition, an "enemy". This man had compassion on the wounded man. He bandaged the man, brought him into an inn and the next day left the inn keeper something with which to allow the wounded man to stay.

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Jonah 1:1-2
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1Now the word of the Lord came to Jonas the son of Amathi, saying:
2Arise, and go to Ninive the great city, and preach in it: for the wickedness thereof is come up before me.
Luke 10:25-37
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25And behold a certain lawyer stood up, tempting him, and saying, Master, what must I do to possess eternal life?
26But he said to him: What is written in the law? how readest thou?
27He answering, said: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind: and thy neighbour as thyself.
28And he said to him: Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.
29But he willing to justify himself, said to Jesus: And who is my neighbour?
30And Jesus answering, said: A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, who also stripped him, and having wounded him went away, leaving him half dead.
31And it chanced, that a certain priest went down the same way: and seeing him, passed by.
32In like manner also a Levite, when he was near the place and saw him, passed by.
33But a certain Samaritan being on his journey, came near him; and seeing him, was moved with compassion.
34And going up to him, bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine: and setting him upon his own beast, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
35And the next day he took out two pence, and gave to the host, and said: Take care of him; and whatsoever thou shalt spend over and above, I, at my return, will repay thee.
36Which of these three, in thy opinion, was neighbour to him that fell among the robbers?
37But he said: He that shewed mercy to him. And Jesus said to him: Go, and do thou in like manner.

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  • Hannah Barbera’s Moby Dick « Mixed Innuendos said:

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