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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

October 5, A.D. 2002

Job 42:1-3,5-6,12-16
Psalm 119:66,71,75,91,125,130,135
Luke 10:17-24

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned, you have revealed them to the childlike." (Luke 10:21)

Today's first reading is an extract from the book of Job and is perhaps one of the most important pieces of the book, as it recounts the loyal servant Job's response to the Lord after the terrible trials of suffering he has endured. Despite experiencing suffering of health, grieving, loss of status, loss of hope and a sense of isolation and desolation, Job finally acknowledges his lowly status in comparison to the glory, power and wonder of the Lord. It is only in acceptance of all things provided by the Lord, good and bad, that Job achieves understanding and enjoys future blessings and long life.

There is always a tension between our ego and our higher spiritual self which searches continually for God. Sometimes when we're going through difficult times we ask "Why me? What have I done to deserve this?" Very often our path to eternal salvation is clouded - we are not open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit because we're consumed with ourselves and our own purposes. And often it is only when we struggle through our difficulties and are weakened by the harsh circumstances and realities of life, that we eventually hear the voice of the Lord more strongly and have the opportunity to accept His calling to follow Him. Blessed are we who are too weak to impose ourselves on the world but rely on the Lord for our strength and direction!

Today let us remember that all that we have is given from God and for Him to use - we are blessed to experience life and God has given each of us life so that we can fulfill the wonderful purpose He has for each of us. Yes God has a plan for us! We might not understand what's happening in our lives, but let us trust in the Lord's purpose and know that He is with us every step of the way. We don't have all the answers, nor do we need them; instead, let us trust in the Lord and He will show us the way to peace and joy.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

- Cliodhna Doyle (Cliodhna.Doyle@oceanfree.net)

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