Job 9:1-12, 14-16
Job refuses to curse God. Instead he places his trust in the belief that although he may not understand what God is doing with his life, he will place his trust in Him anyway! Job is truly a man of faith. His simplicity reminds me of St. Francis of Assisi whose feast day it is today. This simple poor man of the early 13th century constantly encourages us through the witness of his life to entrust everything to God and wait for His provision and will to be made known. If not today, then perhaps we will understand it better tomorrow. In any case, surely God knows what He is doing and thus can be trusted!
1 Then Job answered and said: 2 I know well that it is so; but how can a man be justified before God? 3 Should one wish to contend with him, he could not answer him once in a thousand times. 4 God is wise in heart and mighty in strength; who has withstood him and remained unscathed? 5 He removes the mountains before they know it; he overturns them in his anger. 6 He shakes the earth out of its place, and the pillars beneath it tremble. 7 He commands the sun, and it rises not; he seals up the stars. 8 He alone stretches out the heavens and treads upon the crests of the sea. 9 He made the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the south; 10 he does great things past finding out, marvelous things beyond reckoning. 11 Should he come near me, I see him not; should he pass by, I am not aware of him; 12 should he seize me forcibly, who can say him nay? Who can say to him, ?What are you doing?? 14 How much less shall I give him any answer, or choose out arguments against him! 15 Even though I were right, I could not answer him, but should rather beg for what was due me. 16 If I appealed to him and he answered my call, I could not believe that he would hearken to my words.
P S A L M
Psalm 88:10-11, 12-13, 14-15
R: Let my prayer come before you, Lord.
9  Daily I call upon you, O LORD; to you I stretch out my hands. 10  Will you work wonders for the dead? Will the shades arise to give you thanks? (R) 11  Do they declare your mercy in the grave, your faithfulness among those who have perished? 12  Are your wonders made known in the darkness, or your justice in the land of oblivion? (R) 13  But I, O LORD, cry out to you; with my morning prayer I wait upon you. 14  Why, O LORD, do you reject me; why hide from me your face? (R)
G O S P E L
Jesus now tells His followers that if they want to be His disciples then they are going to have to demonstrate tremendous resolution in their own lives as He has just done. To follow Jesus properly means to put Him above all else in our lives. Nothing is more important than being a disciple of Jesus! This can be difficultto do as the examples in the Gospel illustrate. Yes, they are the extreme examples and probably not as relevant to us today as travel is much quicker and easier. But it is the principles that are all-important. Let us put them into practice in our lives today.
57 As they were proceeding on their journey someone said to him, ?I will follow you wherever you go.? 58 Jesus answered him, ?Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.? 59 And to another he said, ?Follow me.? But he replied, ?[Lord,] let me go first and bury my father.? 60 But he answered him, ?Let the dead bury their dead. But you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.? 61 And another said, ?I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say farewell to my family at home.? 62 [To him] Jesus said, ?No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God.?
think: Nothing is more important than being a disciple of Jesus!
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