Wednesday of the First Week of Lent
JON 3:1-10/LK 11:29-32
Some mornings, it takes a lot to get me out of bed, as the well-worn snooze button on my alarm clock will attest. Similarly, it sometimes takes a lot to wake us from spiritual slumber and moral lethargy. We all have those mental lists of things we know we want to work on, things we want to change, but we make excuses and put them off until tomorrow. This can continue until we experience a crisis or hit bottom and suddenly we want to (maybe have to) take action.
In today’s Gospel reading, we see Jesus getting frustrated with the crowd demanding a sign. They keep pushing the snooze button on Jesus, missing the opportunity for a new life that he is offering. Jesus says the only sign they’ll receive is the “sign of Jonah,” a direct and simple call to repentance. The people of Nineveh heard Jonah’s half-hearted preaching and responded enthusiastically. Jesus brings so much more than Jonah, yet people continue to drag their feet and miss the amazing gift he’s offering.
What Jesus offers is still available to us. Do we continue to put off to tomorrow the invitation to freedom and new life? Do we wait until the moment of crisis? Or do we seize the opportunity to bring our weaknesses, wounds, and failures before God today in order to be reconciled, healed, and restored?
Fr. James-Peter Trares, OP
Associate Chaplain, Campus Ministry