The story of the Prophet Jonah tells of how Jonah attempted to disobey YHWH’s orders to preach to Nineveh by taking passage on a ship bound for a distant land. But YHWH “unleashed a violent wind on the sea, and … the ship threatened to break up.” The casting of lots named Jonah as the one who was “responsible for bringing this evil on us.” Jonah confessed and advised the sailors to “throw me into the sea, and then it will grow calm for you.”
“The sailors rowed hard in an effort to reach shore, but in vain, since the sea grew still rougher for them.”
“And taking hold of Jonah, they threw him into the sea; and the sea grew calm again.”
Then Scripture records that, “YHWH had arranged that a great fish should be there to swallow Jonah; and Jonah remained in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights.”
These two events, the storm and the fish, ought to be regarded as miraculous since they were caused by YHWH and were too unusual to be natural events.
In our Holy Gospels we read of how some scribes and Pharisees asked Jesus for a “sign” meaning a miracle to be performed in their presence. Jesus condemned their request and replied, “The only sign that an evil and unfaithful generation will be given is the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was in the belly of the sea monster for three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights.” Here we find a theological conundrum, for while Jonah’s death and burial were miraculous, Jesus’ death and burial were not. The Jewish religious leaders were not forced by YHWH to demand Jesus’ execution, and Jesus’ burial was no more than a hurried Jewish one. It is true that these events were predicted, but prediction alone does not cause any event to become miraculous, and a miracle is what Jesus had promised.
The answer to this theological issue finally arose in 1988. Radiological testing of the Shroud of Turin resulted in proof that Jesus’ Divine Image on that cloth was caused by the vanishing of His corpse into another dimension.*** This Image is miraculous, and it also is a record of Jesus’ execution by crucifixion and of His burial for three days and three nights. Therefore, the Divine Image of our Lord on His sacred burial cloth is the miraculous fulfillment of the promised Sign of Jonah.
***TEST THE SHROUD, Antonacci, 2015