Jonah Chapter 2
But the LORD sent a large fish, that swallowed Jonah; and he remained in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
From the belly of the fish Jonah said this prayer to the LORD, his God:
Out of my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me; From the midst of the nether world I cried for help, and you heard my voice.
For you cast me into the deep, into the heart of the sea, and the flood enveloped me; All your breakers and your billows passed over me.
Then I said, “I am banished from your sight! yet would I again look upon your holy temple.”
The waters swirled about me, threatening my life; the abyss enveloped me; seaweed clung about my head.
Down I went to the roots of the mountains; the bars of the nether world were closing behind me forever, But you brought my life up from the pit, O LORD, my God.
When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the LORD; My prayer reached you in your holy temple.
Those who worship vain idols forsake their source of mercy.
But I, with resounding praise, will sacrifice to you; What I have vowed I will pay: deliverance is from the LORD.
Then the LORD commanded the fish to spew Jonah upon the shore.
My Reflection: Do you think God sends us our own “whales” to point us in the right direction? To influence our decision making?
I believe that God sends us “angels” on this earth to assist in our faith, prayer life, and decision making. But I also believe Satan sends “false angels” on this earth that appear to be good but are in fact deceiving us and leading us away from Christ.
We are called to follow the First Commandment, to worship only God, not false Gods. In this scripture passage the Holy Spirit guides Jonah to say “those who worship vain idols forsake their source of mercy”. We are not to worship anyone or anything besides God.
God is ever merciful, but it is up to each of us to follow His Commandments, avoid idolizing objects or persons, and repent our failings. The merciful God is always waiting with open arms for His Prodigal Children to come home.
As St. Faustina reflected on the Holy Trinity, on the essence of God, Faustina stated that she wanted to know and fathom who God is. Then Faustina saw a light. In the light our Savior appeared to her with His Shining Wounds. St. Faustina heard a voice coming from the light which said, Who God is in His Essence, no one will fathom, neither the mind of Angels nor of man. Jesus said to Faustina, Get to know God by contemplating His attributes.
So in our minds we will never have the capacity to fully understand who God is? God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, since we are unable to be all three of these things and it is impossible for us to experience what it is like to be the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit it makes perfect sense that Jesus would have said that neither man nor Angels can fathom who He is, we cannot know who God truly is.
We can try to know who God is by studying and pondering on His attributes. As humans we will always have a skewed view or an altered view of the reality of God, who God is. Plus, as individuals each of us can try to know God by using different methods, through different experiences, different prayers and types of prayer, by having different interactions with people of faith and people of no faith. This is why each of us needs to work our hardest to know God the best we possibly can. There is always more to know about God. We can always become closer to God. Here are some divine attributes of God that each of us can contemplate on: Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnibenevolent, Omnipresent, immanent, transcendent, graciousness, holiness, incorporeality, infinity, incomprehensibility, eternity, and love.
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