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Conversation with the Book of Jonah

  • Bishop Bay Retreat Center (Rock Point) 20 Rock Point Road Burlington, VT, 05408 United States (map)

The book of Jonah is a puzzle; only 47 verses long, and mentions the word, "big" 14 times? At the dimming of the day, we are in many ways, Jonah. We have been fasting; we have confronted the way we act in the world, and we are yearning to change parts of our lives; we have spent Holy Day in the belly of a big fish, so to speak,  in the womb of possibilities and unanswerable questions. We have been functioning in the realm of belief that our prayers will lead to certain outcomes. And yet, deep within us, in the desire to return home to eat and sleep in our beds, there is the doubt, the anger, the knowledge that we can never understand how this world works, and we can despair of even trying.  We read Jonah to be reminded that this tumultuous, contradictory, difficult space is, in fact, the space of prayer and possibility. We will read the story and take this hour to explore it's depths.