Posted by: livingscripture | October 3, 2014

Twenty-sixth Friday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

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.”

 (Job 40: 5)        


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The Book of Job concludes with a direct dialogue between God and this man.  God challenges Job and gives a summary in two lengthy discourses, but not as a response or as a universal justification for the problem of evil, of suffering, and of justice.  Job is given time to respond.  He continues to provoke Job on who God is.  In these two dialogues, which today records only the first response of Job to God; God affirms His total sovereignty, His mysterious essence that cannot be penetrated with the typical instruments of human reasoning.

God says that there is no rationality in His revealing Himself.  We cannot understand it with common sense.  Rather, we must leave aside the anxiety to understand Him because it is impossible!  His justice does not go along with human justice.  Truly, Job does not understand and puts aside all questioning, ending up by saying he will be silent and remain in his place.  We should not regard Job’s words as those of one who has been vanquished and renounces his own intelligence and freedom.

The account wishes to provoke us deeply about the image we have of God and how we are able to reduce Him to the measure of our needs, falling into idolatry.  God is always other and to experience Him we must train our capacity to hand ourselves over to the wind of the Spirit.  We do not know where it comes from or where it goes.  This abandonment is the passivity Job declares.  It is a difficult abandonment because it is chosen and built with the daily effort to use all God’s gifts.  This is the active passivity that Job learns and in which he will be even more loved by God and will yet be a father and a rich man among his own.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I shall abandon myself to God’s wise and loving providence and seek to love Him in His mystery rather than understand the mystery. 

Lord, allow me to reach that active passivity that makes me humble before You so that I may receive Your truth and generate new life in me. 

The voice of M. Magatti and C. Giaccardi, Authors 

Acting and suffering both distinguish every aspect of human existence.  In fact, we are not so to say, the absolute creators of action.  The flux of life passes through us, precedes us, and is beyond us even if we can imprint the seal of our uniqueness on it.


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