March 12, 2014,  "Jonah" Rutilio Grande" Jesuit Martyr of El Salvador 1928-1977

Jonah 3:1-10 Lk. 11:29-32

I like Jonah--for he reminds me of me--mercurial, doubtful, self centered, and self righteous, and yet also forgivng and compassionate--he is every man, every person. He fits all the seasons of our lives. Thomas Merton used Jonah as a symbol of his life, he is a symbol of all lives.

Fr. Rutilio was a Jonah as well, and his life was mercurail but in that flow of life he found his center and gave it for Christ in El Salvador, and I hope that is the way mine will flow as well.

Dr. Will Tuttle provides a good reflection of the flowing of our Jonah lives:

As we practice leaving home by examining our own societal indoctrination and questioning all the propaganda continually spewed forth by the military-industrial-meat-medical complex, we can liberate ourselves and live a life of greater compassion based on vegan ethics and a plant-based diet, and be a voice for those vulnerable sentient creatures who have no voice.

In this we fulfill the universal teachings that promote spiritual living. We are practicing compassion and making connections, and our life can become a field of freedom and love as we continually affirm our interdependence with all life, and practice non-cooperation with those forces that see beings as mere commodities.


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