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Job – Mr. Steadfast

Reflection:

The simple and steadfast faith of Job to the Lord while everything around him including his family is being smote is a profound witness to ones faith. Satan misconceived that Job’s faith existed because of the many blessings in his life rather than his simple personal relationship with the Lord. However, after Job lost everything he simply responds, “The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD!” Throughout this entire passage Job remained faithful to the Lord. How do our lives resemble or fail to resemble Job? Does our relationship with the Lord remain strong during trials in our lives or do we fall away?

Reading (Job 1: 6 – 22):

One day, when the angels of God came to present themselves before the LORD,Satan also came among them. And the LORD said to Satan, “Whence do you come?”Then Satan answered the LORD and said, “From roaming the earth and patrolling it.” And the LORD said to Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job, and that there is no one on earth like him, blameless and upright, fearing God and avoiding evil?” But Satan answered the LORD and said, “Is it for nothing that Job is God-fearing? Have you not surrounded him and his family and all that he has with your protection? You have blessed the work of his hands,and his livestock are spread over the land. But now put forth your hand and touch anything that he has, and surely he will blaspheme you to your face.” And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand upon his person.” So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

And so one day, while his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in the house of their eldest brother, a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were ploughing and the asses grazing beside them, and the Sabeans carried them off in a raid. They put the herdsmen to the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” While he was yet speaking, another came and said,”Lightning has fallen from heaven and struck the sheep and their shepherds and consumed them; and I alone have escaped to tell you.” While he was yet speaking, another messenger came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three columns, seized the camels, carried them off, and put those tending them to the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” While he was yet speaking, another came and said, “Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in the house of their eldest brother, when suddenly a great wind came across the desert and smote the four corners of the house. It fell upon the young people and they are dead; and I alone have escaped to tell you.” Then Job began to tear his cloak and cut off his hair. He cast himself prostrate upon the ground, and said, “Naked I came forth from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I go back again. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD!”

In all this Job did not sin, nor did he say anything disrespectful of God.

September 28, 2010 Posted by | Daily Reading Reflections | Leave a comment

Adjustment to Seasons

Reflection:

Today’s reading from Ecclesiastes reminds us that there are appointed times for everything in life such as a time to speak and a time to be silent. There are various seasons of our life and each situation calls for a different response and action. For example, with the beginning of fall the temperature drops and the winds typically pick up so we adjust accordingly and wear polar fleeces and jeans. Humans quickly adjust to changes in natural elements surrounding us but the question we must ask ourselves is how quickly do we adjust to what the Lord is asking us to do? I can quickly toss on a polar fleece before going to a fall college football game but how quickly do my thoughts and actions adjust to the season / appointed time that the Lord places me in?

Reading (Eccl 3: 1 11):

There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every thing under the heavens. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant. A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to tear down, and a time to build. A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them; a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces. A time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away. A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to be silent, and a time to speak. A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

What advantage has the worker from his toil? I have considered the task that God has appointed for the sons of men to be busied about. He has made everything appropriate to its time, and has put the timeless into their hearts, without man’s ever discovering, from beginning to end, the work which God has done.

September 24, 2010 Posted by | Daily Reading Reflections | Leave a comment

Healing the Sick

Reflection:

Why does Jesus summon the Twelve to heal the sick on top of proclaiming the Kingdom of God? Wouldn’t proclaiming the Kingdom of God been sufficient? While reflecting on this question, I believe there are two concrete reasons for Jesus request to heal the sick. 1) Jesus realizes we are visual beings. We observe most of our experiences in life through our sense of sight so Jesus meets us where we are at and allows physical healings to awake us to the Divine. Similarly, the Church has the seven sacraments that are outward signs of an invisible reality. The outward sign awakes us to the presence of God such as the bread and wine as the Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist. 2) The healing of the sick illustrates the transformation the Lord can do in our lives by making someone physically sick healthy. This coincides with the spiritual world meaning we can change from a life of vices to a life of Christian virtue. So when we encounter sick people each day let’s make it a priority to actually pray for the sick rather than just provide a passing I’ll pray for you when encounter someone who is suffering .

Reading (Luke 9: 1- 6):

Jesus summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey, neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money, and let no one take a second tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there and leave from there. And as for those who do not welcome you, when you leave that town, shake the dust from your feet in testimony against them.” Then they set out and went from village to village proclaiming the Good News and curing diseases everywhere.

September 22, 2010 Posted by | Daily Reading Reflections | Leave a comment