05-10-2018; Listening to the Word



Friday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1Job 38:1, 12-21; 40:3-5; Gospel Lk 10:13-16

We see in the first reading God speaking to Job, who had been struck with calamities and distress. Job in his agony and pain questions and blames God for all the misfortunes. But God keeps on listening to Job and waits for Job’s repentance and acknowledgement of his sinful nature. When Job had nothing to speaks to God accept being silent and ponder over everything that happened to him, at this moment God beings questing Job about his non-participation in the creation of the universe, Job’s non-participation when God created the light and darkness and life and death.  Then Job realizes God’s authority and supremacy over His creatures and submits himself to God totally and begins to listen to Him.

Even in the Gospel we see Jesus strongly pronouncing judgment on the cities of Chorozin, Bethsaida and Capernaum. These were the cities filled with Israel who knew the Mosaic Law and who knew what is sin and who God is. Moreover, these were the cities in which Jesus preached about the repentance but they refused to listen and loved to remain in their sinful state. They neither listened nor obeyed Jesus’ word. That was why Jesus comes up with strong words of curse on the judgment day. So, Jesus strongly orders His disciples not to worry about when people do not listen to God’s word because even in the past the Israelites rejected the law, prophets and now it is no wonder if they reject God’s own son’s message.

Dear faithful, are we receptive to His word and listening to the message that Jesus is giving us each other day for our repentance?


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