Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (cycle B)
1st Reading (Jon 3, 1-5, 10)
God told Jonah to go to the great city of Ninevah and give them a message from Him. The message was a scary one. Because the people of Ninevah had been so bad, God was going to destroy their city in just forty days.
Ninevah was a big city and it took Jonah three days to walk from one end to the other, all the while giving the people God’s message.
The people believed Jonah, and did not want their city to be destroyed. They were very sorry that they had been bad. They wanted to be good now. They tore their clothes and ate no food to show God that they were really sorry.
When God saw how sorry they were, he changed his mind. He did not destroy the city.
God doesn’t want to punish us, he just wants us to be good, and to be sorry when we are bad.