Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
February 5, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Job 7:1-4, 6-7
1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
When we think of Job, we think of a once-prosperous landowner, sitting
dung heap scraping his sores. Meanwhile, three friends are trying to
convince this totally innocent man that he must have sinned grievously,
God is now punishing him. At first, his faith prompts him to cry out,
Lord gives, the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord!"
Eventually, though, he has to work through a great period of depression
near-despair. While acknowledging his innocence and the seeming
of his present condition, he bows his spirit in total and complete
the goodness of God, and abandons his soul to total trust.
His powerful story has comforted thousands upon thousands of people who
lost everything, but have held tenaciously to their faith in a loving
In our own lives, when we feel that God has acted cruelly or unjustly,
we need to look at the crucifix. Was it fair for Jesus whose only
loving us, to be killed on a cross after severe humiliation and
Was it fair for Mary to suffer the terrible pain that only mothers can
Like Job, may we never feel that God has abandoned us when He allows us
suffer. Rather, may we have faith enough in the wisdom of Providence
has allowed us to share in the mysterious plan of Jesusą saving Passion
goes on through the centuries. It all ends in Resurrection.
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
(smartins at frontiernet dot net)
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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