This blog follows the daily bible readings of the Catholic Church
Reading 1: Job 42:1-3, 5-6,
Job answered the LORD and said:
I know that you can do all things,
and that no purpose of yours can be hindered.
I have dealt with great things that I do not understand;
things too wonderful for me, which I cannot know.
I had heard of you by word of mouth,
but now my eye has seen you.
Therefore I disown what I have said,
and repent in dust and ashes.
Thus the LORD blessed the latter days of Job
more than his earlier ones.
The climax of the Job drama is the questioning of Job by God, but here the experience is memorably summed up by Job:
“I had heard of you by word of mouth, but now my eye has seen you.” Of course this “seeing” does not reduce but rather increases the mystery of God: Job “sees” that God is beyond his comprehension. God is the mystery who creates life. Can we ever use Job’s words? I think so.
When we truly read the gospel story, and see Jesus; when we hear the gospel preached in such a way that God is present to us; when we are baptised and know that through Jesus we are also the beloved Son in whom God is well-pleased; when we share in the Lord’s supper and know ourselves to be part of the body of Christ; when, like St. Francis, we touch the leper (that may even be the leper in ourselves) and know him to be Christ; in these events we can say, “I had heard of you by word of mouth but now my eye has seen you.”
The disciples approached Jesus and said,
“Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?”
He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said,
“Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children,
you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven.
Whoever humbles himself like this child
is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.
And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones,
for I say to you that their angels in heaven
always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.”
Every minute, an adult somewhere is beating a child
Every hour an adult somewhere is sexually abusing a child.
Every morning, afternoon and evening a child somewhere is sold as a slave
Today 218 million children will work long hours in hazardous employment
Today 250,000 children will fight in armed conflicts.
That’s a lot of angels with a lot of bad news for the heavenly father, who loves every child, and is infinitely angered by those who despise them.