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October 9, 2019

Daily Reflection for Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners!

We encourage you to reflect on Wednesday’s readings at this link:
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/100919.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading:  Jonah 4: 1-11
Responsorial:  Psalm 86: 3-4, 5-6, 9-10
Gospel:  Luke 11: 1-4

Our reflection on Wednesday’s readings:
But, the Lord asked, “Are you right to be angry?”  Jonah 4:4

I get angry.   Really angry and upset.  Especially when someone I love is unjustly hurt.  I get angry when people lie and cheat, hurting others with their greed and selfishness. I get angry when innocent children are harmed.  It’s just not right.  I get angry when the poor suffer more greatly than the rich in disasters like the hurricane that recently hit the Bahamas or the flooding in Texas and Louisiana.

It’s not the way Jesus taught us to live.  It goes against everything I perceive to be good and Christlike.  But at least in my mind and heart, my anger seems justified.  All lives should matter, right?  So why do some, especially the poor, suffer more?

But in today’s scripture the Lord asks, “Are you right to be angry?”  Is the Lord not more concerned for His people than I can imagine?  Is His love not greater than mine?  His justice true?  His angst and anger for His people more justified than mine?

I think Jonah’s anger was narrow-minded vindictiveness.  Jonah wanted his kind of justice to be served.  He didn’t want the Lord to forgive the Ninevites.  But, the Lord said, “Are you right to be angry?”  Basically, it wasn’t Jonah’s right to judge and sentence the people of Nineveh, only God’s.

So, am I right to be angry?  What does it accomplish?  Maybe I should worry less about “bad people” and concentrate more on being a force for good in the world.  Maybe I should not be distracted by something that is not mine to fuss over.  God will take care of what I perceive to be injustice, but I need to do what I can to make the world a better place.

God bless you+
Ruth Mytty

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