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Sunday, January 24, 2021

Most of us are familiar with the story of Jonah: God called him to evangelize a particularly difficult region and he refused to go. In fact, Jonah tried to run away from the task. Jonah tried to hide from God.

  • Have you ever understood God's plan for you, but responded in fear as Jonah did?
  • Have you ever tried to hide from God?

Most of us probably have. We see in today's first reading, God's will prevails! Jonah goes to Nineveh preaching a message of repentance. The task should have taken three days, but after only one day the people of Nineveh believed God and repented of their evil ways.

From Jonah we learn two lessons of discipleship. First, there is no hiding from God. Do not withhold your FIAT! Second, God does not send us unaccompanied to do His work. Seemingly impossible tasks can be accomplished when we choose to collaborate with Him. God's call to evangelize may at times be difficult, but never impossible.

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