Jonah 3:4 Jonah began his journey through the city, and had gone but a single day’s walk announcing, “Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed.”
“Beloved, do not fear when you see these things happening but rejoice, for the day of the Lord is near. You, my child,must put on sackcloth and sit in ashes* on behalf of those who will not repent. Only in this way will the duration and intensity of the days of tribulation be lessened. My child, believe in my mercy, hope in my mercy, trust in my mercy. Child look to the east—I am near.”
Jesus, beloved, may our trust in your unfathomable mercy give us strength in the days to come. May all those now suffering for the sake of the name be given every grace to persevere. Jesus we trust in you. Amen.
*Not meant to be taken literally, but is symbolic of the prayer and penance that must be done on behalf of sinners.
(Re: “Look to the East”, see also Mark Mallett’s blog entry here.)