Oct. 15: Memorial of Saint Teresa of Avila, virgin and doctor

Pieter Lastmam, Jonah and the Whale

Readings for Mass
Monday of the 28th Week in Ordinary Time, Year I
First Reading: Romans 1:1-7
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 98:1, 2-3, 3-4
Gospel: Luke 11:29-32

For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so the Son of Man will be to this generation (NRSV, Luke 11:30).

Let us pray.

Father, Jonah was swallowed up by the whale and went to the depths for three days before he was delivered to preach repentance to the people of Nineveh. Jesus went down into death for three days before his glorious resurrection which effectively announced salvation for the people. Death then resurrection. Father, may we accept death to self at every moment that we may be ever reborn more fully into the divine life that you always offers us through the Word. May constant death and resurrection in this life empower us to pass victoriously into the world to come where you are the fulfillment of everything that is.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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