Dare to Evangelize 26 Oct 2019
We are invited to be courageous and spread the good news of Jesus Christ. Like Jonah we may refuse, and perhaps even run away from what we are supposed to do. Even then, we can pray and ask God for strength to do what we are called to do. If we don't, we may end up in some belly of darkness.
Rejoice and be Glad (Gaudete et Exsultate)
134. Like the prophet Jonah, we are constantly tempted to flee to a safe haven. It can have many names: individualism, spiritualism, living in a little world, addiction, intransigence, the rejection of new ideas and approaches, dogmatism, nostalgia, pessimism, hiding behind rules and regulations. We can resist leaving behind a familiar and easy way of doing things. Yet the challenges involved can be like the storm, the whale, the worm that dried the gourd plant, or the wind and sun that burned Jonah's head. For us, as for him, they can serve to bring us back to the God of tenderness, who invites us to set out ever anew on our journey.
Even at dark places there is hope.