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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

October 3, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Job 38:1, 12-21; 40:3-5
Psalm 139:1-3, 7-8, 9-10, 13-14ab
Luke 10:13-16

A reflection on today's Scripture:

If the story of Job happened today as compared to when it did centuries ago, how would God address a modern, 21st century Job from the storm? It may go something like this:

Have you ever in your lifetime commanded the sun to rise,
Or better yet with all your power can you stop it from rising?
With all your machines you may change the face of the earth.
But is all your man-made energy enough to overcome
The strength of a hurricane or earthquake or the power of your sun?

Have you really counted all the species of the sea,
Or walked about in the depths of the abyss?
Have you counted all the grains of sand on all beaches,
Or all the atoms of creation?
Your brothers have walked on your moon,
But have they stepped foot on all the planets of the distant stars?
Tell me, if you know all:
Which is the way to stop all your wars,
To cure all your epidemics,
To really tap the great mysteries of the universe?

And as happened over two thousand years ago, Job would answer the Lord:

Behold, I am of little account; what can I answer you?
I put my hand over my mouth.
Though I have spoken once, I will not do so again;
Though twice, I will do so no more.

We have taken the great gifts God has given us and we have done wonderful things with them: cured disease, lengthened our life expectancy, explored creation from the atom to the planets. But in all this, we are nothing compared with the Lord and as Job needed Him so long ago, the same remains for us in our modern day.

- Don Claunch, SFO |
email: dlclaunch@bresnan.net

Friday, October 3, 2008

Friday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time

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