Word for the Weekend: January 25

Art by Eugene Abeshaus at Judaism.com

This weekend includes the only Sunday in the three-year lectionary when we hear from the Book of Jonah. The whole Book of Jonah is but 4 very brief chapters and I'd urge you to skip over here and read it through - won't take you more than 10 minutes. (After reading the brief and helpful introduction, click on "next chapter.")

This passage in question begins after the great fish tale and finds Jonah already freed from the belly of the sea beast and about to call Nineveh to repentance. (That's why I chose and love the graphic above.) This sets us up for the same call in the gospel for the day which also includes the call of some of the apostles.

We'll be celebrating the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.  For the readings and brief commentary on them, check here.  And if you're bringing children to Mass with you, you'll find tips here to help our young ones prepare to understand the day's scriptures.

Jonah reference

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