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January 25, 2015 – 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

jonah

 

LIFE CAN BE LIKE A WHALE

 By:  Margaret McCarthy

 

In some ways all of us can relate to the story of  Jonah and the Whale.  There was no way that Jonah wanted to go to Ninevah;  he despised them, they were enemies of God’s People and considered the most brutal society of that time.  As the story goes, a whale swallowed up Jonah and took him to the place he did not  want to go, Ninevah.     Probably, with not much enthusiasm he told the people that if they did not repent and change their evil ways in 40 days God would destroy their land.  Surprisingly, the military nation suddenly converts.  Something good came out of what Jonah perceived as not a good thing.

 Life itself often comes to us like the Whale taking us places that we do not want to go.  The experience of a death of a loved one is one of those times.  I remember a particularly difficult loss in our family.  The loss of my dear sister and friend, who was only a few years older than myself.  She deeply loved God, faithfully served her Church and Community; She was our leader and confidant,  always there encouraging us to keep going.  Tragically, one Christmas, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lymphoma and within 2 months we were attending her funeral.  Where was God in this?  He’s suppose to take care of those who are faithful to him.

 It’s been 4 years now.  Prior to her death, our sister was deeply concerned about one of our brothers who was a severe alcoholic (we have a large family).  At the time there was the possibility of a bone marrow transplant that might save her life if the right candidate was found.  This particular brother, he could of been the only match, but he would have to sober up.  He loved his sister so much that he decided to quit.  Off to detox he went, but the withdrawals were so severe causing seizures.  Consequently, he ended up in the hospital and had to miss his sister’s funeral.

Today, we have our brother, alive, clean and sober.  His radical change has become a tremendous example to the family and to the small community in which he lives, of the power of God.  He has become a leader and actively participates in the Church.  Yes out of something very tragic, came a radical change and it is very good.

 Pope Francis, when speaking to the people in the Philippines, said, “Stay strong!  Even when faced with troubles, don’t give up!”  We mustn’t give up.  Life can be like a whale at times swallowing us up.  Stand strong, never give up.

 Our mission as Cardinal W. Kasper wrote in
The Gospel of the Family:

 “As people’s companions, we should, therefore, not be prophets of doom, but rather bearers of hope, who dispense solace and give courage for carrying on even in difficult times.”


01 – Jan 25, 2015 – Bulletin

 

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