Job 38:1, 12-21; 40:3-5
Psalm 139:(24b) 1-3,7-10, 13-14
USCCB Podcast of the Readings:
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.
Jesus said to them,
“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida!
For if the mighty deeds done in your midst
had been done in Tyre and Sidon,
they would long ago have repented,
sitting in sackcloth and ashes.
But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon
at the judgment than for you.
And as for you, Capernaum, ‘Will you be exalted to heaven?
You will go down to the netherworld.’
Whoever listens to you listens to me.
Whoever rejects you rejects me.
And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”
Good News Reflection: Can you hear God’s voice in the storm?
In today’s first reading, we hear God speaking to Job “out of the storm.” Think of a storm that’s raging in your life right now. Have you been able to hear Gods voice in it? Today’s scriptures are that voice. What is he saying to you?
He told Job, “What are you worried about? I AM still in charge of your life.” Job had been thinking that God was letting things get out of control. We often feel that way, too, don’t we? We say by our actions and by our words: “God, You’re late! This problem should be fixed by now. I’d better explain to You what You should do, so that we can get this finished in a more timely manner.”
And God replies, “Tell me, if you know all: Which is the way to the dwelling place of light, and where is the abode of darkness? Do you really know how to obtain good instead of bad?” And then God gets a little sarcastic: “Oh yeah, of course you do – you were born before I created light and dark, you’re so old!”
Job, humbled by the reminder of his inadequacies compared to the greatness of God, speaks for all of us as he says, “All right, I’ll shut up! I’ll even put my hand over my mouth … oops, I spoke again. I won’t do that again. Oops, I just did.”
(You didn’t know there was humor in that book of the Bible, did you?!)
To hear God speak in the storm, we have to repent of our prideful assumption that we know the right way to end our troubles. We must acknowledge that God truly is in charge, even if it doesn’t seem so, and that his timing is always perfect, even when we think he’s late.
Today’s responsorial Psalm reminds us that God can be trusted because of one big reason: He knows us better than we know ourselves. Therefore, his guidance and his timing are much better than our own. We can be certain that he cares about us, because he formed our innermost being (our souls) and our bodies (which he knit in our mother’s wombs). He loved us even before we were born. He made us wonderfully.
Did you hear that? He made you to be one of his wonderful works. Do you think he’d ruin one of his masterpieces?
The Gospel reading is God’s voice in the storm saying, “Don’t forget how I’ve helped you before! Of course I’ll help you again.” If we look only at our problems and neglect to spend time recollecting what he’s done for us in the past, it’s easy to distrust him. This kind of faith is no faith and it leads to destruction, just like what happened to Capernaum.
Capernaum was an important, busy town when Jesus taught the Good News there. Today, the little towns of Bethlehem and Nazareth continue to thrive, but Capernaum has been lost to the “realm of death.” (Click here to see what it looks like today: HolyLand/capern3.jpg. See more by looking at a couple of pages from my Virtual Pilgrimage: holyland.gnm.org/page057).
God is taking very good care of you! Listen for his voice.
Forgive me Lord for my hard heart and for trying to find mistakes in those around me. Thank You for Your merciful love that forgives and heals everything. Amen.
© 2018 by Terry A. Modica