Friday 30 September 2022

About Today Readings

Job 38:1, 12-21; 40:3-5. Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way – Psalm 138(139):1-3, 7-10, 13-14. Luke 10:13-16.

An invitation to share an intimate relationship with God

Today’s psalm is like an old friend of mine. At every one of life’s twists and turns, it has spoken to me deeply. It has always felt like an invitation to share an intimate relationship with God. ‘You search me and you know me.’ There is no shame here, only a complete openness to the one who loves us without limit. From the beginning of our lives to the furthest end of the ocean, God offers wisdom and support. In the first reading, Job, a legend of a faith that endures all things, realises that his words have been frivolous. God has been with him in the most harrowing places. The passage uses the same imagery as the psalm: a journey to the source of the sea, an encounter with the deepest darkness. Job realises he may as well be quiet. God is beyond anything we can say. But closer to us than we are to ourselves.

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