Friday 2 October 2020

About Today Readings

Guardian Angels. Day of penance

Job 38:1, 12-21; 40:3-5. Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way – Psalm 138(139):1-3, 7-10, 13-14. Matthew 18:1-5, 10

A profound lesson in wonder and awe

God’s response to Job, of which we hear parts today, comes after he and his ‘friends’ have discussed his suffering at length and after Elihu’s fiery intervention. The Lord does not offer a detailed explanation, but this beautiful passage provides a profound, if painful, lesson in wonder and awe. The knowledge of his greatness and transcendence found here is married in this text and many others with a forceful insistence that this God, though so far beyond us, loves us. To me there are few places in Scripture which meditate on this more beautifully than today’s Psalm. Jesus, in response to his disciples’ questions about human greatness, teaches us to be childlike. Together these readings speak of God’s greatness, our smallness and his love. Saint Therese, well acquainted with suffering, ties these together when she offers as a model ‘the little child who sleeps without fear in its father’s arms’.

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