Hello and welcome back to today’s Advent devotional, our Illustrated Jesse Tree! Today, we’re going to to be taking a closer look at Jonah and the whale… along with the full prayer of Jonah that he did while in the whale, because I think we all need to prayer that prayer since this year has been that sort of year for everyone.
Quick note… the text that we’re using is Douay Rheims, though I’ve anglicized some of the names for clarity! (So, Jonas is Jonah!)
A Reading from the Book of Jonah (Jonah 1, 2, 3:1-3)
Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amathi, saying:
Arise, and go to Ninive the great city, and preach in it: for the wickedness thereof is come up before me.
And Jonah rose up to flee into Tharsis from the face of the Lord, and he went down to Joppe, and found a ship going to Tharsis: and he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them to Tharsis from the face of the Lord.
But the Lord sent a great wind into the sea: and a great tempest was raised in the sea, and the ship was in danger to be broken.
And the mariners were afraid, and the men cried to their god: and they cast forth the wares that were in the ship, into the sea, to lighten it of them: and Jonah went down into the inner part of the ship, and fell into a deep sleep.
And the shipmaster came to him, and said to him: Why art thou fast asleep? rise up, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think of us, that we may not perish.
And they said every one to his fellow: Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know why this evil is upon us. And they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.
And they said to him: Tell us for what cause this evil is upon us, what is thy business? of what country art thou? and whither goest thou? or of what people art thou?
And he said to them: I am a Hebrew, and I fear the Lord the God of heaven, who made both the sea and the dry land.
And the men were greatly afraid, and they said to him: Why hast thou done this? (for the men knew that he fled from the face of the Lord: because he had told them.)
And they said to him: What shall we do to thee, that the sea may be calm to us? for the sea flowed and swelled.
And he said to them: Take me up, and cast me into the sea, and the sea shall be calm to you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you.
And the men rowed hard to return to land, but they were not able: because the sea tossed and swelled upon them.
And they cried to the Lord, and said: We beseech thee, O Lord, let us not perish for this man’s life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O Lord, hast done as it pleased thee.
And they took Jonah, and cast him into the sea, and the sea ceased from raging.
And the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and sacrificed victims to the Lord, and made vows.
Now the Lord prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah: and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
And Jonah prayed to the Lord his God out of the belly of the fish.
And he said: I cried out of my affliction to the Lord, and he heard me: I cried out of the belly of hell, and thou hast heard my voice.
And thou hast cast me forth into the deep in the heart of the sea, and a flood hath compassed me: all thy billows, and thy waves have passed over me.
And I said: I am cast away out of the sight of thy eyes: but yet I shall see thy holy temple again.
The waters compassed me about even to the soul: the deep hath closed me round about, the sea hath covered my head.
I went down to the lowest parts of the mountains: the bars of the earth have shut me up for ever: and thou wilt bring up my life from corruption, O Lord my God.
When my soul was in distress within me, I remembered the Lord: that my prayer may come to thee, unto thy holy temple.
They that are vain observe vanities, forsake their own mercy.
But I with the voice of praise will sacrifice to thee: I will pay whatsoever I have vowed for my salvation to the Lord.
And the Lord spoke to the fish: and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.
And the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying:
Arise, and go to Ninive the great city: and preach in it the preaching that I bid thee.
And Jonah arose, and went to Ninive, according to the word of the Lord.