Fast of Nineveh, the 3 Day Lent is starting from tomorrow (January 25th). Even the kid in our church knows very well about the reason behind this Lent. It commemorates the three days that Prophet Jonah spent inside the fish. This fast is unique to the Syriac Orthodox Church. It is observed for three days from the tenth Monday before Easter Sunday. Even though this is a three day Lent, it is one of the most rigorous and most stringent lent in Syrian Jacobite Church.
Why Jehovah asked Jonah to go to Nineveh? The wickedness of the people in Nineveh went up before him. Our Lord is a kind one. He never wants his child to be destroyed (Prodigal Son - Luke 15:11-32, Abraham & Lot - Genesis 18:23). We can see so many examples from Bible.
In this Century, will he send some messenger? He want to tell something to us! But We will believe him?
Just for a "Second" imagine the Holy picture of Mother Mary and her Tears at Kattachira Church. Was it trying to convey some message?
After hearing Jonah, the people proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. The king of Nineveh arose from his throne, and laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.
Rise up from where you are now! Take this lent as the most rigorous one. Let he forgive us and bless us.