In the Chicken Coup and the Belly of the Whale

SATURDAY: Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time


In the Chicken Coup and the Belly of the Whale

Unless you sleep in a chicken coup, you cannot tell they snore. Jonah would be the best person to describe the stench of the belly of a whale. He lived there for three days and night. Only Christ can adequately define the darkness and horror of the tomb and the underworld. David in Psalms 32 and 51 respectively recounts the debilitating effects of sin on the human physic, soul and body. Today Isaiah tells us his conversion experience was a frightful and dramatic encounter when God revealed himself to him in glory.

We have in David's candid admission of guilt, Jonah's humility and obedience, the conversion of Nineveh and the confession of Isaiah a perfection demonstration that humility and repentance pave the way for the glory of God to reveal itself in human life. We have the assurance in Proverbs 28:13, "He who conceals his sins never prospers, but he confesses and renounces them will find mercy."

Confession and renunciation of sin are acts of declaration of faith in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. It is a rediscovery of the dignity and integrity of the promise we made at Baptism to belong solely to Christ through the hands of Mary. The conversion of Prophet Isaiah and St. Paul, speaks eloquently to this truth: God never rejects a sinner who makes a perfect confession and act of contrition. Instead, he justifies, glorifies them and commissions them to his witnesses. Friends, leave sin behind. Let us imitate our ancestors in the faith that we too shall see the glory of God and fulfil our ministries as priests, prophets and kings with Christ Jesus.

Lord, I firmly repent of all my sins. Please grant me the grace to fulfil the calling you bestowed upon me.

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