Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary
But the Lord asked, "Have you reason to be angry?" (Jonah 4:4)
Lord God, Jonah's anger can help me understand my own anger. His bad mood over Your anticipated mercy to the Ninevites leads him to be twice as angry when You take away his spectating shelter and shade. He hoped to watch the town perish; instead his own protection is destroyed. He believes he has reason to be angry; angry enough to die. His anger leaves him alone, isolated, dead to relationship.
Bad moods lead to self-fulfilling prophecies; if I want to get angry, someone will do something to spark it. What am I looking for? How am I looking? Teach me to pray and to see, "for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us,ad not subject us to the final test" (Luke 11:4).
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.