I have been upon rough seas and swallowed whole by a great fish. Only, the belching forth was my own work. A bit of a stomach bug is going about, and I received a share in it for my birthday today.
The story of the cross may refer to Christ’s passion or to the totality of the Gospel. Talk about one part of a story, and the rest often invites itself into the conversation. Parts of good stories are interwoven and can never be fully isolated. Even the words in a dictionary can’t help playing together with one another.
In talking about the Gospel, it is hard not to talk about the rest of the Scriptures. In talking about the Scriptures, how do we not talk about the wider creation? Truly, this is the difficulty of any writing or thinking. How do we keep on task, particularly when our subject is so big. Thus it has been said that a central element of writing is decision, the ability to choose a path, to reject others.
The focus of this study is the sign of Jonah. Jesus singles out the sign of Jonah in the Gospel. He specifically links this sign to the cross, and to some extent to his life and work as a whole. The following posts will be a (mainly) typological commentary on the book of Jonah.