Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 8, 2015


One of the great lessons of Job is that there is no link between pain and punishment. Just before our excerpt today, Job states clearly that he knows he has done no wrong. That he is a good man – a man who has done nothing to deserve such a fate.

He also recognizes that he is a sinner, but repents for his transgressions. Eventually his frustrations build and he questions why God seems so unresponsive to his pleas?

This question is perhaps the most timeless of all, is it not? The story of Job is as relevant today as it was then. We do all that we can to live a good life and still suffering occurs.   We know that we are not perfect, but we are sorry.   Our conscious is riddled with guilt for the things we have done that we wished we wouldn’t have done.

I wonder if in the back of our minds we accept our sufferings as punishment for our weakness? Sometimes it is the only consolation we can find for why such difficulties befall upon us. And we pray that our faith will save us. That God will have mercy.   That our seemingly feeble attempts – the prayers we pray, coming here today, will be enough to wipe away our guilt. But there is this voice in the back of our minds that questions whether any amount of prayer or Masses will ever be enough? We live in fear of being judged. . .

CLICK HERE for the readings for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Job 7:1-4, 6-7; Psalm 147; 1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23; Mark 1:29-39).


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