The Sign of Jonah is not some mystical vision or magical locution. We don't trust in magic or long for grand occurrences. The Sign of Jonah is the presence of God in unlikely places. God is found in foreign lands and among foreign people. He is found among the stranger, the pagan, the enemy. He is found in our struggles, our difficulties and in our sorrows. He is found in the crucified one. God reveals himself in second chances, remaining faithful to his word yet accomplishing his work even through the disobedient. The intensity of God's love is for all people, as well as plants, and the cattle. For St. Gaspar, reading the book of the cross was a place to find the sign of Jonah. In Jonah God accomplishes his work through the weakest of servants and on the Cross God is revealed in the presence of a beaten, broken, condemned criminal. The cross was the unlikely place to find God. It is there we find mercy in his blood.
- Where in my weakness and disobedience might I find the presence and action of God?
- Where do I need the greatest change?
- How might I allow God to use me for the great work of his glory?