Wednesday, March 13

Today’s Prayer and Reflection:

“The people of Nineveh believed God. (Jonah 3:5)

Think of a time when you heard someone give a compelling speech. Did their words move you to go change the way you were living? Maybe the experience was so powerful that you began telling your neighbors about it and encouraging them to make similar changes.

This is what happened in the story of the prophet Jonah. It should have taken him three days to spread God’s message throughout the city of Nineveh, but the people who heard his word on the first day told everyone they knew, and the message traveled with lightning speed. Within twenty-four hours, the entire city had turned back to God!

There’s an old saying that a lie can get halfway around the world before the truth even gets its shoes on. And to a degree, that’s true. Think of the power of gossip from neighbors or propaganda from corrupt government officials. There’s something tantalizing about these tales, and people can’t help themselves; they just have to spread it.

Truth, on the other hand, doesn’t usually move so quickly—at least not the kind of truth referred to in this saying. That’s because it can confront us, and it often involves something we have to do, some decision or change we have to make. Lies and gossip are just juicy stories that don’t demand much from us, just a willingness to keep discussing them.

That’s what makes the story of Jonah even more astounding. In record time, the truth of God’s love—and his call to repentance—flew all over the city. And the message, challenging though it was, turned people’s hearts toward the Lord in repentance. The lies of Nineveh’s false gods didn’t stand a chance against the truth of who God really is.

This is the glory of the Christian message—and you are one of God’s messengers. Your witness has more impact than you may think. Your words, especially when shared in gentleness and love, plant seeds of the gospel in people’s hearts. Your actions, especially when done in a spirit of self-giving generosity, stay in people’s memories. You may think they’re insignificant, but God is using you to help people see him and know him. Yes, even you!

“Holy Spirit, give me the confidence to share your good news today.”

Reprinted with permission of The Word Among Us, 7115 Guilford Dr #100, Frederick, MD 21704, wau.org.

Today’s Announcements:

  • Happy Birthday to Andrew Ritter!
  • We are excited to welcome all fifth and sixth graders to St. Patrick tomorrow for mass and lunch.
  • We will be having a St. Patrick’s Day Dance for our junior high students (grades 7-8) on Saturday, March 16, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The cost to attend is $5. There will also be a parent social for parents of junior high students.
  • The Interact Club meeting will take place in Ms. Lawson’s room immediately after school today.
  • There will be no eSports matches this week.  Matches will resume on Thursday, March 21.
  • Congratulations to the many, many students who were awarded category medals and ribbons and many special awards yesterday as they represented St. Patrick at the Region VI Science & Engineering Fair. Special Awards included the Air Force, Naval Research Lab Award, NASA, The Department of Marine Resources, The Biophysical Society and Intel along with many more. The list of awards will be posted on the website. Students should be wearing their medals or ribbons today. We truly appreciate all of the hard work these students put into representing science at St. Patrick. Great job!