Today we commemorate Jonah the prophet. From our Synod's website and the Treasury:
A singular prophet among the many in the Old Testament, Jonah the son of Amittai was born about an hour's walk from the town of Nazareth. The focus of his prophetic ministry was the call to preach at Nineveh, the capital of pagan Assyria (Jonah 1:1). His reluctance to respond and God's insistence that his call be heeded is the story of the book that bears Jonah's name. Although the swallowing and disgorging of Jonah by the great fish is the most remembered detail of his life, it is addressed in only three verses of the book (1:17; 2:1, 10). Throughout the book, the important theme is how God deals compassionately sinners. Jonah's three-day sojourn in the belly of the fish is mentioned by Jesus as a sign of his own death, burial, and resurrection (Mt. 12:39–41).
The beautiful collect for this day rejoices that through the prophet Jonah the heavenly Father "continued the prophetic pattern of teaching Your people the true faith and demonstrating through miracles Your presence in creation to heal it of its brokenness." It further asks that the Church may behold in our Lord the final end-times prophet whose miracles continue in God's healing medicine of Word and Sacraments.
There is much to love in Jonah's story and book, but the final line invariably leaves me scratching my head. "And also much cattle"???