Jonah moves into a jealous and resentful rage when the Ninevites actually believe his message, so Yahweh says to Jonah… “Am I not free to feel sorry for Nineveh?”
The foundation is being laid for a universal compassion and not just a small superiority system which is what Jonah, the unwilling prophet, seems to want. I think the story of Jonah is the much needed journey from ministry as mere careerism to ministry as actual vocation, from doing my work for God to letting God do God’s work in and through me.
~ Richard Rohr
Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality
(highlighting is my own, for particular emphasis)
I do love the story of Jonah! It’s one of my all time favourite bible stories. Jonah is so very flawed. He’s so funny, like a small child, in the way he tries to first run away from God, and later, having done God’s will, gets grumpy about the fact that the people actually obeyed! A bit like the prodigal son’s brother, perhaps? You might not believe it (ahem) but I have been known to get grumpy myself… It is wonderful to know that my small-mindedness doesn’t get in the way of His grace 😉