A reading from the Book of the Prophet Jonah 3:1-10

The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time: “Set out for the great city of Nineveh, and announce to it the message that I will tell you.” So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh, according to the LORD’s bidding. Now Nineveh was an enormously large city; it took three days to go through it. Jonah began his journey through the city, and had gone but a single day’s walk announcing, “Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed,” when the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast and all of them, great and small, put on sackcloth.

When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, laid aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in the ashes. Then he had this proclaimed throughout Nineveh, by decree of the king and his nobles: “Neither man nor beast, neither cattle nor sheep, shall taste anything; they shall not eat, nor shall they drink water. Man and beast shall be covered with sackcloth and call loudly to God; every man shall turn from his evil way and from the violence he has in hand. Who knows, God may relent and forgive, and withhold his blazing wrath, so that we shall not perish.” When God saw by their actions how they turned from their evil way, he repented of the evil that he had threatened to do to them; he did not carry it out.

REFLECTION: "When God saw by their actions how they turned from their evil way, he repented of the evil that he had threatened to do to them; he did not carry it out."

Stupidity has a price, does it not? Most of the time errors in judgment can be taken care of if it means redoing something, or asking for forgiveness, or paying fines for taking a red light. Hopefully we can learn from these temporal remedies and not repeat such foolishness.

But what about the stupidity of sin? From the time of reason, we have a conscience that does not let us get away from doing bad, though we may choose not to listen to it. We stupidly say we will think about it later; the sweetness of the prohibited fruit is unbearable for us to say “no“. We, therefore, keep repeating the same sin that is not so easy to get rid of or we give in to temptation over and over again. Our pleasure point in our brain is reset and we keep repeating the same sin for that "high". You know it is bad, yet, you still give in to it. It is better to give up on our evil ways than to end up paying the ultimate price--eternal damnation.

This Lent, go frequently to confession, go to Mass, go to Adoration, give alms, repent and share the love that God has so graciously given to you. Pray for the Priests during this busy time of the year that their stamina, faith, love for God and good health continue.

God Bless You

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