REFLECTION: Jonah and the mission of peace (part one)


Rev. John Dear, S.J.

by Fr. John Dear, S.J.
Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace

Usually it seems God has one of three directions for us: “Come follow me”; “Stay with me” (and “Keep watch!”); or “Go and tell them …” The first is the call to discipleship; the second, a summons to accompaniment and companionship; the third, a push into prophetic ministry, to go forth and announce to the world of war and injustice God’s desire for peace and justice.

www-St-Takla-org__Jonah-the-Prophet-3Jonah is the worst and the greatest of the prophets. The worst because he ran from God and God’s mission and as a consequence, landed in the belly of a whale. But after he came to his senses and fulfilled his assignment, he fell into an angry depression. He was resentful at God for saving the hated enemy, for being so compassionate to them, and sulked like a sullen teenager.

But he’s the…

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