The GospelWhen the crowds were increasing, Jesus began to say, “This generation is an evil generation; it asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so the Son of Man will be to this generation. The queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, and see, something greater than Solomon is here! The people of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the proclamation of Jonah, and see, something greater than Jonah is here!” Luke 11:29–32 (LectionaryPage.net)
From Faye Knopf
…and, behold, a greater than Jonah is here. – Luke 11:32
Children like the story of Jonah and the Whale. Easily amused, they believe without doubt that a whale can swallow a man and the man stay in the whale for three days and three nights and then be, well, we’ll say spat out. It’s a good story.
Less visually adventuresome is death on a cross, three days in a tomb, then ascension to God. But one story foretold the other.
Our story is the one of Jesus. Life itself is a cross to bear. Death comes for all, even as the whale came for Jonah. Thanks Be To God, for us every death is an Easter, bursting from the whale’s belly and the tomb’s darkness into New Life forever.