Sermon by The Rev. Canon Patricia Grace
“Justified by the Nature of God”
Sunday, January 21, 2018
“The story of Jonah invites us to consider, when we are consumed by the kind of anger that destroys, where we might find a better way and a better place… to live and breathe and have our being. The search for that place begins with remembering, that all of God’s creatures are justified with God, not by anything we are or do, but by God’s very nature…” From The Rev. Canon Patricia Grace’s sermon on Sunday, January 21, 2018.
The First Lesson: Jonah 3:1-5, 10
The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, “Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.” So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days’ walk across. Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s walk. And he cried out, “Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth. When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.