Posted by: livingscripture | October 6, 2012

Twenty-Sixth Saturday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“The Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his earlier ones.”

(Job 42: 12)

                                                                                                                                 

How should we live this Word 

The figure and the difficult trials of Job have become so famous that they are proverbial.  From a rich and powerful man, exemplary in everything, he becomes a human curse, his flesh devoured by worms.  He lives hard years that depress him and even lead him to complain against God.  However, he then enters into himself, in his true identity as a creature, and repents of his foolish, almost blasphemous recriminations against God.  This is exactly what God was awaiting.  Not because He needed to be recognized as God, but because it was necessary for Job to become aware, to personally touch his absolute need to recognize himself as a creature, outside of any pseudo omnipotence.

Thus, we understand better how God, before a repentant Job, does not desire to re-integrate him in his former life.  Rather, He enriches him much more than before.  He makes his future more beautiful and good than his remote past.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on the superabundance of God’s desire to give.  He gives these gifts to me at the right time and place, whether or not I am aware of them, with ever-increasing merciful love.

Lord, make me attentive to Your way of being, so generous and benevolent.  Help me to live in joy and gratitude.

The voice of William Blake, Poet 

If I look to the future, /as a prophet I see/ that the dreaming land/ will awake,/ seeking the benign Creator,/ and the wild desert/ will be at least a garden.


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