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Here is part of today’s reading, a continuation from the Book of Jonah: ‘And the Lord God appointed a plant, and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be a shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort. So Jonah was exceedingly glad because of the plant. But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm which attacked the plant, so that it withered. When the sun rose, God appointed a sultry east wind, and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah so that he was faint; and he asked that he might die, and said, “It is better for me to die than to live.” But God said to Jonah, “Do you do well to be angry for the plant?” And he said, “I do well to be angry, angry enough to die.” And the Lord said, “You pity the plant, for which you did not labour, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night, and perished in a night. And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?”’
Jonah was angry because the people of Nineveh had repented. They had listened to Jonah’s proclamation of the need to repent, and they had done so. God was patient and merciful with Jonah’s irrational behaviour, true to His nature. And He is patient with us too, with our many failings, some of which may take a lifetime to conquer. So let us trust Him, that He will indeed be merciful to us too, and may God bless you this day.