On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 30, 2020 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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How could God allow this to happen to me, my family, my best friend? How can He take the life of my loved one and leave me alone? We blame Him for all the wrong, injustices and evil in the world even natural disasters, pandemics! At the end of our cursing, swearing and blaming or for those who have chosen to bite their tongue; did we win for ourselves justice? Peace of mind? Joy?

The first reading at first glance may come across as someone who is resigned to his fate.   But it actually speaks to Job’s faith, love and reverence for the Lord our God. God our Heavenly Father is creator of things. He is all powerful and all justice begins and ends with Him. Through Job’s steadfast faith love and obedience He had already entered into a deep personal relationship with the Lord His God, such that He is able to endure all that happens for He knows without reservation that nothing can separate Him from the love of God for Him. We are greatly Blessed to have had this truth revealed to us through Jesus Christ our Lord. How then can we not cherish and love the Lord our God above all things in every situation?

Jesus You are the truth, the way and the life. Lead me Lord as I follow You with all my heart. Amen 

First reading
Job 9:1-13,14-16
How can man be in the right against God?

Job spoke to his friends:

Indeed, I know it is as you say: how can man be in the right against God?
If any were so rash as to challenge him for reasons, one in a thousand would be more than they could answer.
His heart is wise, and his strength is great:
who then can successfully defy him?
He moves the mountains, though they do not know it; he throws them down when he is angry.
He shakes the earth, and moves it from its place, making all its pillars tremble.
The sun, at his command, forbears to rise, and on the stars he sets a seal.
He and no other stretched out the skies, and trampled the Sea’s tall waves.
The Bear, Orion too, are of his making, the Pleiades and the Mansions of the South.
His works are great, beyond all reckoning, his marvels, past all counting.
Were he to pass me, I should not see him, nor detect his stealthy movement.
Were he to snatch a prize, who could prevent him, or dare to say, ‘What are you doing?’

How dare I plead my cause, then, or choose arguments against him?
Suppose I am in the right, what use is my defence?
    For he whom I must sue is judge as well.
If he deigned to answer my citation, could I be sure that he would listen to my voice?

Gospel
Luke 9:57-62
‘I will follow you wherever you go’

As Jesus and his disciples travelled along they met a man on the road who said to him, ‘I will follow you wherever you go.’ Jesus answered, ‘Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’
    Another to whom he said, ‘Follow me’, replied, ‘Let me go and bury my father first.’ But he answered, ‘Leave the dead to bury their dead; your duty is to go and spread the news of the kingdom of God.’
    Another said, ‘I will follow you, sir, but first let me go and say goodbye to my people at home.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Once the hand is laid on the plough, no one who looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.’

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