Sunday, January 21
What kind of certainty are we supposed to have in life? What should we be sure about? In the first reading we are reminded briefly about the story of Jonah and the Ninevites. From what we know about Nineva, it was not particularly morally corrupt when compared to the different cities around. It would seem that Nineva, when looked at from the outside, was a city that wasn’t particularly religious, it participated in the same sorts of organized commerce and city life that you would have found elsewhere at that time. In short, Nineva was a lot like the cities where most people live. We can safely imagine that Jonah began preaching doom to people who did not stand out as any more wicked than us.