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Feb 23, 2021

▪️ Therefore they cried unto the LORD, and said, We beseech you, O LORD, we beseech you, let us not perish for this man's life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for you, O LORD, have done as it pleased you. - Jonah 1:14

🛑 and they cried to the Lord and said, but no, Lord, let us not die to let this man live.

Lay not innocent blood upon us. For O Lord you have done as you wished.'
The sailors' faith is strong:
they are all in danger of losing their lives, and yet pray for the lives of another.
They know well that spiritual death is worse than natural death of the body. Do not lay innocent blood upon us, they say.
They take the Lord as witness not to visit them for what they are about to do, and say something like this: 'we do not want to kill your prophet, but he himself has proclaimed your wrath,
and the storm shows us that you have done what you wished,
O Lord. Your wish is accomplished by our doing'.
This seems to be the confession of Pilate, as he washes his hands and says, "I am clean of the blood of this man". The gentiles do not want Christ to die, and affirm that it is innocent blood.
And the Jew say, "let his blood fall upon us again and on our son".
This is why when they raise their hands to the sky, they will not be heard,
for they are full of blood.

For your will has been done, Lord.
We welcomed the passenger, and the whirlwind began, the winds blew and the sea swelled in waves.
The fugitive was brought by fate, and tells what we must do: all of this, Lord, is the effect of your will. Yes, Lord, your will has been done.
In this way the Saviour speaks in the Psalm, "Lord, I wanted to do your will"

St. Jerome

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