Domingo, 08 de febrero de 2015

Catholic Calendar and Daily Meditation

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture for Sunday's Liturgy of the Word:

Job 7:1-4, 6-7
Psalm 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23
Mark 1:29-39

A reflection on today's Sacred Scriptures:

The Book of Job is one of the most popular stories in all of world literature. It deals with the mystery of human suffering. Why does God allow suffering?

The whole book contains 42 chapters. Today's first reading gives us only three verses from Chapter 7 -- a passage in which Job, in the midst of intense, undeserved suffering, speaks as any modern person might speak when in near-despair.

To really understand why this work has satisfied the questions of millions of readers through the centuries, I strongly urge you to take up your Bible and read at least chapters one and two for background. In chapter four and following, the "preaching" of his three friends—Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, as well as the young Elihu-can be tedious (they are trying to convince Job that he must have sinned terribly in his past).

But when God eventually comes on the scene in chapter 38, He says, "Who is this obscuring My designs with his empty-headed words?... Brace yourself like a fighter. Now it is My turn to ask questions! Where were you when I laid the earth's foundations? Tell Me, since you are so well informed!" Then Job, thoroughly humbled, says to God, "My words have been frivolous: what can I reply? I had better lay my finger on my lips. I have spoken once… I will not speak again… I will add nothing!"

Job learns in this story that our sufferings are not the result of our sins. Rather, we suffer so that the works of God may be shown forth in us. Suffering is still a mystery, but our trust in God's goodness and obedient acceptance of God's designs will bring us joyful salvation in God's heaven.

The second reading from Corinthians gives us the example of St. Paul who endured daily trials because he felt the compulsion of love, urging him to preach the Gospel until his last breath. His mission involved great suffering.

In the Gospel, Jesus heals Peter's mother-in-law, enjoys her cooking, and then works far into the night healing all in the village who came in crowds. His love for the Father then sends Him into many more towns and villages. Such a mission must have involved great physical exhaustion for Jesus, as well as the deep suffering He experienced from rejection by the religious leaders.

How about the suffering we endure? So much of it seems unfair and unmerited.

Only deep love for Jesus, who suffered so unjustly for our salvation, can help us endure our Cross. The examples of Job, of St. Paul and of Jesus can help us so much.

Msgr. Paul Whitmore | email: pwhitmore29( )


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