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dc.contributor.authorHeaney, Roberten_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary Number: 459en_US
dc.description.abstractJob has experienced a world of troubles _ loss of family, worldly goods, even health. For 30-plus chapters he and his companions have been speculating about why these misfortunes should have happened. Job was a good man, faithful to Yahweh. What had gone wrong? Whose fault was this?|Similar misfortunes happen all the time _ perhaps not to us, but certainly to people we know. Perhaps, too, we know someone who asks "What kind of God would permit this?" I suspect we also know people who have abandoned religion entirely because they, like Job, have been grievously deprived _ of family, wealth, health _ saying they want nothing to do with a God who is so unfair.|Today we read God's response to Job and his friends. It is a scolding, not soothing words of consolation for someone in trouble. Every now and then, perhaps, our arrogance needs to be brought up short; a scolding may be just what we need.|God starts off with what sounds like the final exam in Natural History 101. Basically it says "Do you, who think you're so wise, understand how the physical world around you operates? Do you know where the wind comes from, or where the snow is stored, or the gestation period of a mountain goat? No, of course not. So what leads you to think that you can understand the immensely more complicated plan that God has for the world?"|Yes, we have today peeled back one layer of our ignorance. Science now knows how wind is generated and how wild animals breed. But beneath that layer lie even deeper mysteries. God's rebuke is still on target even for us with our advanced technological knowledge. We don't really understand our physical and social world. Most of us readily admit to that ignorance. Even Einstein's general theory of relativity is recognized as inadequate, and most of us will never begin to comprehend even that!|So maybe Job's response to God's rebuke is right for us as well: "My words have been foolish; what can I reply? I had better lay my finger on my lips."|The book of Job focuses on the age-old problem of evil _ why bad things happen to good people. It is not, itself, concerned with our response to others' misfortunes. Nevertheless, even if in the last analysis we cannot understand why undeserved bad things happen, there is still a two-sided transaction that does need to concern us. Others' misfortune is a call to us to respond with true compassion _ to console, to heal, to make up for _ and to do so without pride or relief that we, at least, have been spared. And it is a call to the victims to accept our help without bitterness. I do not know which is the harder to do.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Friday, October 1, 2004: 26th week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitJohn A. Creighton University Chairen_US
dc.program.unitSchool of Medicineen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorHeaney, Robert P.en_US Timeen_US 26en_US
dc.subject.local1Job 38:1, 12-21; 40:3-5en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 139:1-3, 7-8, 9-10, 13-14aben_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 10:13-16en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US IIen_US

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