Daily Catholic Mass – 2019-10-09 – Fr. Mitch

Daily Catholic Mass – 2019-10-09 – Fr. Mitch


A READING FROM THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET JONAH. JONAH WAS GREATLY DISPLEASED AND BECAME ANGRY THAT GOD DID NOT CARRY OUT THE EVIL HE THREATENED AGAINST NINEVEH. HE PRAYED, “I BESEECH YOU, LORD, IS NOT THIS WHAT I SAID WHILE I WAS STILL IN MY OWN COUNTRY? THIS IS WHY I FLED AT FIRST TO TARSHISH. I KNEW THAT YOU ARE A GRACIOUS AND MERCIFUL GOD, SLOW TO ANGER, RICH IN CLEMENCY, LOATHE TO PUNISH. AND NOW, LORD, PLEASE TAKE MY LIFE FROM ME; FOR IT IS BETTER FOR ME TO DIE THAN TO LIVE.” BUT THE LORD ASKED, “HAVE YOU REASON TO BE ANGRY?” JONAH THEN LEFT THE CITY FOR A PLACE TO THE EAST OF IT, WHERE HE BUILT HIMSELF A HUT AND WAITED UNDER IT IN THE SHADE, TO SEE WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO THE CITY. AND WHEN THE LORD GOD PROVIDED A GOURD PLANT THAT GREW UP OVER JONAH’S HEAD, GIVING SHADE THAT RELIEVED HIM OF ANY DISCOMFORT, JONAH WAS VERY HAPPY OVER THE PLANT. BUT THE NEXT MORNING AT DAWN GOD SENT A WORM THAT ATTACKED THE PLANT, SO THAT IT WITHERED. AND WHEN THE SUN AROSE, GOD SENT A BURNING EAST WIND; AND THE SUN BEAT UPON JONAH’S HEAD TILL HE BECAME FAINT. THEN JONAH ASKED FOR DEATH, SAYING, “I WOULD BE BETTER OFF DEAD THAN ALIVE.” BUT GOD SAID TO JONAH, “HAVE YOU REASON TO BE ANGRY OVER THE PLANT?” “I HAVE REASON TO BE ANGRY,” JONAH ANSWERED, “ANGRY ENOUGH TO DIE.” THEN THE LORD SAID, “YOU ARE CONCERNED OVER THE PLANT WHICH COST YOU NO LABOR AND WHICH YOU DID NOT RAISE; IT CAME UP IN ONE NIGHT AND IN ONE NIGHT IT PERISHED. AND SHOULD I NOT BE CONCERNED OVER NINEVEH, THE GREAT CITY, IN WHICH THERE ARE MORE THAN A HUNDRED AND TWENTY THOUSAND PERSONS WHO CANNOT DISTINGUISH THEIR RIGHT HAND FROM THEIR LEFT, NOT TO MENTION THE MANY CATTLE?” VERBUM DOMINI DEO GRATIAS. LORD, YOU ARE MERCIFUL AND GRACIOUS LORD, YOU ARE MERCIFUL AND GRACIOUS. HAVE MERCY ON ME, O LORD, FOR TO YOU I CALL ALL THE DAY. GLADDEN THE SOUL OF YOUR SERVANT, FOR TO YOU, O LORD, I LIFT UP MY SOUL. LORD, YOU ARE MERCIFUL AND GRACIOUS. FOR YOU, O LORD, ARE GOOD AND FORGIVING, ABOUNDING IN KINDNESS TO ALL WHO CALL UPON YOU. HEARKEN, O LORD, TO MY PRAYER AND ATTEND TO THE SOUND OF MY PLEADING. LORD, YOU ARE MERCIFUL AND GRACIOUS. ALL THE NATIONS YOU HAVE MADE SHALL COME AND WORSHIP YOU, O LORD, AND GLORIFY YOUR NAME. FOR YOU ARE GREAT, AND YOU DO WONDROUS DEEDS; YOU ALONE ARE GOD. LORD, YOU ARE MERCIFUL AND GRACIOUS. ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA YOU HAVE RECEIVED A SPIRIT OF ADOPTION AS SONS THROUGH WHICH WE CRY: ABBA! FATHER! ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA DOMINUS VOBISCUM. ET CUM SPIRITU TUO LECTIO SANCTI EVANGELII SECUNDUM LUCAM GLORIA TIBI, DOMINE. JESUS WAS PRAYING IN A CERTAIN PLACE, AND WHEN HE HAD FINISHED, ONE OF HIS DISCIPLES SAID TO HIM, “LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY JUST AS JOHN TAUGHT HIS DISCIPLES.” HE SAID TO THEM, “WHEN YOU PRAY, SAY: FATHER, HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME, YOUR KINGDOM COME. GIVE US EACH DAY OUR DAILY BREAD AND FORGIVE US OUR SINS FOR WE OURSELVES FORGIVE EVERYONE IN DEBT TO US, AND DO NOT SUBJECT US TO THE FINAL TEST.” VERBUM DOMINI LAUS TIBI, CHRISTE THIS MORNING WE HEAR THE CONCLUSION OF THE SHORT BOOK OF JONAH. AND IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THIS BOOK OF 1 OF THE BOOKS OF THE 12 PROPHETS IS DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHERS. THEY ARE ALL SHORT, BUT THEY FOCUS ON PRESENTING THE WORDS OF THOSE PROPHETS. THE WORDS OF HOSEA AND MICAH WITH A LITTLE BIT OF NARRATIVE ABOUT THEIR LIVES. THIS HAS NARRATIVE THAT TELLS THE STORY OF JONAH WITH A LITTLE BIT OF HIS PROPHECY AND IT IS MUCH MORE LIKE THE STORIES ABOUT ELIJAH AND ELISHA IN THE BOOKS OF KINGS. WHERE THEY WEAR THEIR LIFE AND THE EVENTS OF THEIR LIFE IS THE MESSAGE. THAT IS THE FOCUS. THAT IS THE KEY WITH JONAH. HIS LIFE RATHER THAN HIS INSIGHTFUL WORDS. THE WORDS ARE SIMPLE. BUT THE WAY THAT HE LIVES IS KEY. THIS IS A BOOK THAT BEGINS WITH THE LORD COMMANDING JONAH TO GO TO NINEVEH. AND THE DIFFICULTY. BY THE WAY NINEVEH IS ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF MODERN MOSUL IN IRAQ. WHAT IS LEFT OF IT AFTER THE TERRORISTS HAD BOMBED IT. STILL IT IS VERY IMPORTANT RUINS. THIS WAS A CITY THAT WAS MUCH HATED. THE ASSYRIANS WERE KNOWN IN THOSE DAYS FOR THEIR TERROR. THEY WOULD TERRORIZE THE CITIES. IF YOU DID NOT SUBMIT TO THEM, THEY WOULD CAPTURE THE CITY, THE ARMIES WERE GOOD AND VERY DISCIPLINED, THEN THEY WOULD CUT OFF THE HEADS OF THE PEOPLE UNTIL IT FILLED THE CITY GATE AND IN THAT SENSE THEY ARE NOT THAT DIFFERENT FROM ISIS IN THE WAY THAT THEY CAUSE TERROR. THE ASSYRIANS WERE THE LEAST PEOPLE THAT AN ANCIENT ISRAELITE WOULD’VE WANTED TO SEE RECEIVE FORGIVENESS. IF YOU CAN APPLY IT TO OUR MODERN TIMES, WHICH PEOPLE WOULD SAY YES WE SHOULD JUST LET THE NAZIS GO, JUST LET THEM BE ? WOULD WE SAY THAT IN MODERN TIMES? OR WELL STALIN AND MAO TE TUNG AND THE COMMUNIST KILLED A LOT OF PEOPLE BUT JUST LET IT GO. NO. THE PEOPLE WHO WOULD BE VICTIMS OF SUCH DICTATORS WOULD WANT TO SEE THEM PUNISHED. THAT WOULD BE THE ATTITUDE OF JONAH. OFTEN TIMES I HAVE THOUGHT OF HIM AS BEING LIKE A RABBI BEING TOLD TO GO TO BERLIN IN 1940 AND PREACH REPENT OR GOD WILL DESTROY THE CITY. THEN THEY REPENT AND THEN HE GETS MAD. THAT WOULD BE A MODERN EQUIVALENT. NOTICE HIS REASON. IT BEGINS WITH THIS COMMAND AND THE STORY OF HIS LIFE IS WHY HE AVOIDED OBEYING THE COMMAND. HE DID NOT WANT GOD TO FORGIVE THEM. THAT IS WHAT HE SAYS HERE. NOTICE WHAT HE SAYS ABOUT THAT. IS THIS NOT WHAT I SAID WHILE I WAS STILL IN MY OWN COUNTRY? I KNEW THAT YOU ARE A GRACIOUS AND MERCIFUL GOD, SLOW TO ANGER, RICH IN MERCY AND LOATHE TO PUNISH. THIS IS I DO NOT REMEMBER THE EXACT I THINK IT IS 18 TIMES THAT THIS SHOWS UP AS IF THERE IS EVER A CREED STATEMENT IN ISRAEL THAT IS IT. IT GOES BACK TO EXODUS CHAPTER 34:6. RIGHT AFTER THE GOLDEN CALF EPISODE AND MOSES GOES BACK UP THE MOUNTAIN A 2ND TIME TO MAKE THE NEW SET OF COMMANDMENTS AFTER HE BROKE THE 1ST ONES. THE 1ST 1 GOD HAD WRITTEN IN THE 2ND SET MOSES HAS TO WRITE. AND REPEAT THE LAWS. THE PEOPLE HAD BROKEN THE 1ST COMMANDMENT OF HAVING ANOTHER GOD THAT MADE THE GOLDEN CALF AND NOW HE GOES BACK. AND AT THE BEGINNING OF RECEIVING THOSE LAWS THE 2ND TIME ON MOUNT SINAI HE HAS THE STATEMENT. THE LORD, THE LORD, WHO IS GRACIOUS AND MERCIFUL, – – – – – – -, THIS IS A STATEMENT MADE OVER AND OVER AGAIN THROUGHOUT THE OLD TESTAMENT. AND IN FACT THAT IS WHY PSALM 86 WAS CHOSEN. IT IS 1 OF THE PSALMS THAT CONTAINS THAT PROFESSION OF FAITH THAT GOD IS GRACIOUS AND MERCIFUL. SLOW TO ANGER. RICH IN MERCY. HE IS MAD. SO THE LORD NOTICE, PART OF THE TEACHING ABOUT JONAH’S LIFE IS THE WAY THAT HE RESPONDS TO GOD’S QUESTIONS. GOD THEN ASKS HIM AFTER THAT HE SAID TAKE MY LIFE. JONAH IS 1 OF ABOUT 5 OR 6 OTHER PEOPLE WHO ASK TO DIE BECAUSE THEY ARE TIRED OF WORKING FOR GOD. GOD’S ANSWER TO EVERY 1 OF THEM IS THE SAME. NO ! I AM NOT GOING TO TAKE YOUR LIFE! INSTEAD HE ANSWERS JONAH’S REQUEST WITH ANOTHER QUESTION. HAVE YOU A REASON TO BE ANGRY? THAT QUESTION POSED TO JONAH IS KEY FOR UNDERSTANDING HIS LIFE. GOD WANTS HIM TO START THINKING THROUGH THIS ISSUE. HE DOES NOT JUST GIVE HIM AN ANSWER. THAT IS WHAT HE ASKED SUCH QUESTIONS. GOD WANTS HIM TO THINK IT THROUGH. JONAH DOES NOT RESPOND. HE GOES OFF AND WANTS TO SEE WHAT WILL HAPPEN. HE WANTS THE CITY TO BURN. HE WANTS THE PEOPLE TO FRY. HE WANTS IT TO BE DESTROYED AND HE GOES THERE TO WATCH. AND GOD GRANTS HIM A GRACE PERIOD THAT IS IN THE PLANT. I HAVE BEEN IN THE GREAT HEAT OVER THERE. I HAVE NEVER BEEN TO IRAQ. HUNDRED AND 40°F IS HOT. I KNOW IT IS DRY. BUT IT IS HOT LIKE A MICROWAVE. YOU STILL GET COOKED IN THE DRY HEAT OR WET HEAT. IT IS HOT. HE APPRECIATES THAT. GOD SENDS THE WORM TO DESTROY THE PLANT. AND AGAIN JONAH ASKED FOR DEATH. HE SAID I WOULD BE BETTER OFF DEAD THAN ALIVE. GOD SAID HE RECEIVED THE GIFT. HE DID NOT EARN IT. GOD CONCLUDES THE WHOLE BOOK WITH A QUESTION AND THIS QUESTION IS AT THE END OF THE BOOK WITH NO ANSWER EXCEPT FOR US TO CONSIDER THE QUESTION OURSELVES. THAT IS WHY BOOK ENDS WITH THIS QUESTION. IN WHICH HE SAID, YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THAT PLANT, BUT SHOULD I NOT BE CONCERNED OVER NINEVEH, THE GREAT CITY, WITH 120,000 PEOPLE AND NOT TO MENTION THE CATTLE? THAT IF YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT A PLANT BECAUSE IT IS GOOD FOR YOU, SHOULD NOT I BE CONCERNED FOR THESE PEOPLE BECAUSE I AM CONCERNED FOR THEM FOR THEIR SAKE? IT IS NOT WHAT THEY DO FOR ME. WHAT DO PEOPLE DO FOR GOD? I AM SURE SOME OF YOU WHO ARE PARENTS SAY WHAT DOES THIS KID EVER DO FOR ME? HE KEEPS ME UP AT NIGHT AND GIVES ME ALL THE DISEASES THAT HE OR SHE CATCHES AND SPENDS ALL OF MY MONEY AND I WILL GO ALONG WITH IT. YOU COULD SAY IT. BUT YOU DO IT BECAUSE YOU LOVE THIS CHILD. YOU DO IT FOR THEIR SAKE. NOT FOR WHAT YOU GET. THAT IS WHY SOME OF THESE PEOPLE WHO HAVE SAID THAT I DID NOT WANT TO GET MARRIED I WANT TO JUST HAVE A BABY. NO GET A DOG. YOU HAVE CHILDREN SO THAT YOU CAN HAVE CHILDREN TO LOVE YOU. BUT YOU LOVE THEM. YOU HAVE CHILDREN FOR YOU TO LOVE. FOR THE SAME REASON THAT GOD CREATES ALL OF US NOT BECAUSE HE NEEDS US. HE CREATES US BECAUSE HE LOVES US. NOT FOR WHAT WE GIVE TO HIM. AGAIN IT IS LIKE YOUR KIDS GIVING YOU A BIRTHDAY PRESENT OUT OF THEIR ALLOWANCE. YOU GAVE THEM THE ALLOWANCE IN THE 1ST PLACE. BUT THEY ARE LEARNING TO BE GENEROUS. FROM WHAT YOU GIVE. THE SAME WITH US. WE CANNOT SAY WELL I GAVE GOD THIS STUFF. IT WAS HIS STUFF. I AM GIVING HIM BACK WHAT HE GAVE TO ME. HE CHERISHES IT. WHETHER YOU CHERISH GIFTS FROM YOUR CHILDREN. BUT AGAIN IT IS NOT BECAUSE THAT IS SOMETHING, IF YOU WERE GOING TO BUY SOMETHING FOR YOURSELF YOU WOULD’VE CHOSEN SOMETHING THAT YOU HAD IN YOUR OWN MIND BUT YOU CHERISH MORE IMPORTANTLY THE LOVE THAT YOUR CHILDREN CHOOSE TO SHOW TO YOU AND GOD DOES THE SAME. HE DOES NOT NEED THE STUFF WE GIVE HIM BUT HE CHERISHES THE FACT THAT WE WANT TO GIVE BACK TO HIM. SO THAT IS WHY HE SAID YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT A PLANT WHICH WAS FOR YOUR SAKE, I AM WORRIED ABOUT THESE NINEVITES FOR THEIR SAKE. AND IN THIS A NUMBER OF QUESTIONS THEN HAVE TO BELONG TO ALL OF US. 1 OF WHICH IS WHEN WE SERVE OUR LORD, ARE WE GOING TO DO IT BECAUSE OF WHAT WE GET OUT OF IT OR DO WE SERVE OUR LORD BECAUSE WE LOVE HIM AND WE SHOW CONCERN FOR OTHERS FOR THEIR SAKE. NOT WHAT I GET. BECAUSE I WANT TO SHARE HIS CONCERN FOR THE PEOPLE AROUND ME. I WANT TO LOVE THOSE PEOPLE THE WAY THAT HE LOVES THEM. FOR THEIR OWN SAKE. NOT FOR ANY BENEFIT HE DERIVES. THAT WE ARE TO LEARN TO LOVE AS HE DOES. 2ND, WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE TREMENDOUS ANGER, THE NINEVITES, THE PEOPLE OF ASSYRIA HAD DESTROYED THE NORTHERN KINGDOM. THEY HAD DESTROYED THE 10 LOST TRIBES. WHERE WERE THE 10 LOST TRIBES ? THEY WERE LOST IN ASSYRIA. MOST WERE TAKEN CAPTIVE TO ASSYRIA. THEY LOST THEIR JEWISH IDENTITY. THEY WERE JEWISH AND OTHER TRIBES BUT THEY LOST THEIR ISRAELITE IDENTITY BECAUSE THEY HAVE LOST THEIR FAITH IN GOD. THEY BECAME LOST AMONG THE ASSYRIANS AND THEIR COUNTRY WAS DESTROYED AND OTHER PEOPLE WERE BROUGHT INTO SETTLE IN THE LAND. SO YOU CAN IMAGINE WHY JONAH FELT THIS KIND OF ANGER. I DO NOT WANT THEM TO BE FORGIVEN. THERE ARE A LOT OF US IN THE WORLD TODAY WHO CAN THINK ABOUT SOME INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE DONE US WRONG AND WE CAN SAY I DO NOT WANT THEM FORGIVEN, I WANT THEM TO GET IT. OKAY. BUT THAT IS NOT WHAT GOD IS OR SAYS. HE IS SLOW TO ANGER, GRACIOUS AND FORGIVING. AND RICH IN MERCY. THIS IS WHAT OUR LORD ASKS OF US. IN LIGHT OF TODAY’S GOSPEL THAT GETS HIGHLIGHTED NOT ONLY BY THE PETITION THAT WE FORGIVE OTHERS, IN ORDER TO BE FORGIVEN, BUT THAT ALSO IN THE FACT THAT WE DO NOT ADDRESS GOD AS THE GROUND OF ALL BEING. THERE WAS A FAMOUS VERY FAMOUS THEOLOGIAN BACK IN THE 60S WHO TAUGHT WHO WAS VERY INFLUENTIAL IN THEOLOGY AND EXISTENTIAL AND ALL OF THAT IS SAID GOD IS THE GROUND OF ALL BEING. TRY LOVING THAT. ACCEPTING WHAT JESUS SAYS. HE IS NOT THE GROUND. HE IS THE FATHER. HE SUSTAINED THE UNIVERSE CREATED THE UNIVERSE AND KEEPS IT IN EXISTENCE AND HE IS YOUR FATHER. HE LOVES YOU AS THAT FATHER WHO IS RICH IN MERCY. SLOW TO ANGER. GRACIOUS AND FORGIVING. COMPASSIONATE. THIS IS THE FATHER THAT WE ARE CALLED TO LOVE AND TO LOVE OTHERS THE WAY THAT HE DOES.

9 thoughts on “Daily Catholic Mass – 2019-10-09 – Fr. Mitch

  1. The correct translation of the final verse is "Lead Us Not Into Temptation". It does not say Do not Subject Us to the Final Test. So Father did not read the correct Gospel translation.

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