Originally delivered on January 23, 1994
Readings: Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20
This week we hear the story of Jonah as an illustration of God’s way of communicating with us and His love and mercy. Fr. Healy encourages us all to learn from the story of Jonah and be compassionate and understanding of our sisters and brothers, especially those that think and act differently than we do. We should not judge others believing that we have the real truth. God did not call us to be each other’s judge. We are called to be a prophetic people living out the love of God to our sisters and brothers, regardless of their beliefs even about controversial issues, such as abortion, birth control, homosexuality, and the ordination of women priests. Finally, we are reminded that Jesus was never judgmental, but poured out His love for all.