Book of Jonah
This is the word of the LORD that came to Jonah, son of
"Set out for the great city of Nineveh, and
preach against it; their wickedness has come up before me."
But Jonah made ready to flee to Tarshish away from the LORD. He went down to Joppa, found
a ship going to Tarshish, paid the fare, and went aboard to journey with them to Tarshish, away from
The LORD, however, hurled a violent wind upon
the sea, and in the furious tempest that arose the ship was on the point of breaking
Then the mariners became frightened and each one
cried to his god. To lighten the ship for themselves, they threw its cargo into the sea. Meanwhile,
Jonah had gone down into the hold of the ship, and lay there fast asleep.
The captain came to him and said, "What are you doing asleep? Rise up,
call upon your God! Perhaps God will be mindful of us so that we may not perish."
Then they said to one another, "Come, let us cast lots to find out on
whose account we have met with this misfortune." So they cast lots, and thus singled out
"Tell us," they said, "what is your business?
Where do you come from? What is your country, and to what people do you belong?"
"I am a Hebrew," Jonah answered them; "I worship the LORD, the God of
heaven, who made the sea and the dry land."
Now the men
were seized with great fear and said to him, "How could you do such a thing!"--They knew that he was
fleeing from the LORD, because he had told them.--
"What shall we do with you," they asked, "that the sea may quiet down for us?" For the sea
was growing more and more turbulent.
Jonah said to
them, "Pick me up and throw me into the sea, that it may quiet down for you; since I know it is
because of me that this violent storm has come upon you."
Still the men rowed hard to regain the land, but they could not, for the sea grew ever
Then they cried to the LORD: "We
beseech you, O LORD, let us not perish for taking this man's life; do not charge us with shedding
innocent blood, for you, LORD, have done as you saw fit."
Then they took Jonah and threw him into the sea, and the sea's raging
Struck with great fear of the LORD, the men
offered sacrifice and made vows to him.
But the LORD
sent a large fish, that swallowed Jonah; and he remained in the belly of the fish three days and
Then the LORD commanded the fish to spew
Jonah upon the shore.
Book of Jonah 2:220.127.116.11.8.
From the belly of the fish Jonah said this
prayer to the LORD, his God:
Out of my distress I
called to the LORD, and he answered me; From the midst of the nether world I cried for help, and you
heard my voice.
For you cast me into the deep, into the
heart of the sea, and the flood enveloped me; All your breakers and your billows passed over
Then I said, "I am banished from your sight! yet
would I again look upon your holy temple."
When my soul
fainted within me, I remembered the LORD; My prayer reached you in your holy temple.
Holy Gospel of Jesus
Christ according to Saint Luke 10:25-37.
There was a scholar of the law who stood up to
test him and said, "Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
Jesus said to him, "What is written in the law? How do you read it?"
He said in reply, "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your
heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as
He replied to him, "You have answered
correctly; do this and you will live."
But because he
wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"
Jesus replied, "A man fell victim to robbers as he went down from
Jerusalem to Jericho. They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead.
A priest happened to be going down that road, but when he saw him, he
passed by on the opposite side.
Likewise a Levite came to the
place, and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side.
But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the
He approached the victim, poured oil and wine
over his wounds and bandaged them. Then he lifted him up on his own animal, took him to an inn and
cared for him.
The next day he took out two silver
coins and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction, 'Take care of him. If you spend more than
what I have given you, I shall repay you on my way back.'
Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers'
He answered, "The one who treated him with
mercy." Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."