As Catholics we know sin abounds, but grace abounds all the more. Like the prophet Jonah, we cannot ignore the call to preach God's Mercy.
"In failing to confess, Lord, I would only hide You from myself, not myself from You."
Jonah, a witness to the Mercy of God.
The book of Jonah contains only four short chapters, yet it is one of the most famous stories of the Bible.
The tale has Jonah on an incredible mission, replete with spectacular details: hiding from God (is that possible?), a whale, a miraculous conversion of a huge city and finally, a grumbling prophet disappointed in God's Mercy.
Jonah is a witness of the ability of God to use us for His purpose even though we are imperfect creatures. The Jonah Plan Apostolate uses him as a model of what we can be with God's grace.
We see in Luke 11:32 "The men of Nineveh will arise at the judgement with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, there is something greater than Jonah here."
Jonah, the prophet we can imitate today.
Because of Jesus' redeeming action of the cross, we are able to access the fullness of God's mercy and grace, especially in the Sacrament of Confession.
Through this sacrament, we are reconciled to God and others. There is something greater than Jonah here, but many are indifferent to the gift!
The Jonah Plan Apostolate's vision is that many more of our brothers and sisters in Christ will be renewed through the great gift of Reconciliation and become what they are called to be-Saints. Renewal begins with Reconciliation. Can you become another Jonah?