The Gospel reading from August 24th, Matthew 16:13-20, included: “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah…”
Weeks ago ISIS blew up the tomb, relics and church of the prophet Jonah. The world, in its din, barely noted. This Old Testament prophet, prefigurement of both John the Baptist and Christ himself, wearily and warily proclaimed repentance to the inhabitants of Ninevah.
Though I doubt it had this much significance to them, it can be seen as an attach, by the Enemy of our Souls, on the Rock, the son of Jonah, Peter, and the Church herself. That is the Enemy’s goal, and also, without a doubt, ISIS’ goal.
St. Peter, St. Jonah, all Saints, pray for us.