The book of Jonah is a wonderful book. In parts it is satire, in other parts is speaks a powerful message against close-mindedness. Jonah is commissioned by God to preach to Nineveh, the capital of Assyria, Israel’s arch-enemy. Yesterday the reading was the story of how Jonah simply did not want to go to preach to Nineveh. In escaping from God, Jonah winds up in quite a predicament. Running from God is not the answer.
Today he is going to go to Nineveh, but he is none too happy about it. He does not like Nineveh or its people. He is even more frustrated when the message he proclaims is heard and the people of Nineveh repent. In a time with so much animosity and anger, the message of the book of Jonah serves as a reminder to us to recognize that God will save whomever he wishes. Our role is not to second-guess God, but to say yes to him and to witness to his message.