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God is merciful; more merciful than we are.


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Today's Reading
Jon 4:1-11

Jonah remains annoyed with God for showing mercy to the Ninevites.

He sits in a hut, waiting to see what would happen next. The Lord planted a gourd to give him shade. Jonah was pleased with the plant. But the very next day God made the gourd plant die. This elicited a final dialogue between Jonah and God.

“You are sad,” God says, “about the gourd plant. You think I should have given it more care. But what about all these Ninevites? Don’t you think it was right for me to exercise care for them, unenlightened as they are?” 

The moral of the story is that God is merciful; more merciful than we are. We do wrong to try to be more just than God.

Meet Archbishop Pilarczyk
Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk Archbishop Emeritus Daniel E. Pilarczyk, the eighth ordinary of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Ohio, is a nationally prominent churchman, educator and author. A native of Dayton, Ohio, he was ordained a priest on December 20, 1959, after studies in Rome. He was ordained bishop in 1974, and installed as Archbishop of Cincinnati in 1982, where he served until his retirement in 2009. In addition to a doctorate in sacred theology from Pontifical Urban University, he holds an M.A. in classics from Xavier University of Cincinnati, and a Ph.D. in classics from the University of Cincinnati. He has written more than a dozen popular books and many pamphlets and articles. His best-selling book is Twelve Tough Issues – And More. His most recent books are When God Speaks and Live Letters. Archbishop Pilarczyk’s service to the American church includes terms as vice president (1986-1989) and president (1989-1992) of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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