Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time

When God accepted the repentance of the people of Nineveh, Jonah felt angry about all that he had gone through to relay the warning of God’s earlier intention to destroy the city. Knowing that the second part of the “Greatest Commandment” teaches love of neighbors, a scholar of Mosaic law asked Jesus to define “neighbor.” In the Lord’s parable of the good Samaritan, the scholar would have preferred a hero from his side of the ideological fence. Martha got nowhere by asking Jesus to tell her sister to help with serving, instead of sitting around listening to Him. Do we tend to listen more attentively or less when the Lord doesn’t take our side in granting what we ask?