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Lenten reflection, day 7

Scripture readings for today: Jonah 3:1-10; Psalm 51; Luke 11:29-32

“Nya nya nya nya nya! I’m greater than you are! Nya nya nya nya nya!”

How many times did I hear that taunt—or one just like it—on the playgrounds of my youth?

Today’s Gospel reminds me a lot of that phrase. The queen of the south—was she from Sheba?—is put forth as very wise, but still she seeks the superior wisdom of Solomon.

Or take the Ninevites: they repented at the preaching of Jonah, who didn’t even want to convert them. He wanted the wrath of God to rain down on them.

Yet in both cases there is someone even greater, and that person, of course, is Jesus Himself. The whole point of Jesus’ discourse is “Why go anywhere else? Come to me! I’ll take care of your every need.”

This is not an idle boast: it is the truth. Jesus does indeed take care of our every whim, every desire, every hope.

Father John Harrison, C.Ss.R.
Annapolis, Md.

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