Sunday’s first reading shows Jonah’s do-over. When Jonah finally does what God called him to do. It’s surprising that even happens, as desperate as Jonah was to avoid God.
If this was the Disney version, some kid-friendly, adorable creature would show up to help Jonah see things God’s way. Jonah would have a glorious, transformative moment. And show up happy in Nineveh, joyfully proclaiming God’s message.
But this isn’t Disney. The creature that shows up isn’t kid-friendly or adorable. His transformative moment is horrifying. And when Jonah finally shows up in Nineveh, he’s anything but happy or joyful.
Jonah’s do-over? It’s begrudging (at best). And yet people respond to Jonah’s message.
Which tells you Who they are really responding to.
More on this tomorrow.