This Sunday’s first reading is Jonah.
Whenever Jonah shows up, we usually think about the whale. And not much else. But there’s a lot more to Jonah.
In the verses leading up to the reading, Jonah is called by God. There’s no confusion. Jonah knows exactly what God wants. And Jonah is not having it.
Too often when I need customer service, actually getting it goes from frustrating to worse. It’s aggravating having to wait.
But nothing makes me angrier than when I finally get through, and I get someone who is working hard - to not help me.
That’s how Jonah treats God.
But God doesn’t react the way I would - by paying Jonah back. God’s response to Jonah is very different.
More on this tomorrow.