3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time B21
Words have consequences. One of those consequences is that they lead to actions. We saw that a little over two weeks ago when our Capitol building was stormed by a mob of so-called “patriots”, incited by a barrage of words over the last few months that they had come to believe.
Words have consequences. One of those consequences is that they lead to actions. We read about that in today’s 1st reading from the Book of Jonah. Jonah was a reluctant prophet, sent to the capitol city of a hated enemy to announce the destruction of that city. I imagine he would be overjoyed to bring that message! But his words led to an action he did not expect. After one day of Jonah’s preaching, the Ninevites proclaimed a fast and turned from their evil ways with the result that God abandoned his plans of destruction. What a turn of events! The people of Nineveh listened to a foreign prophet of a god they did not worship.