October 3, 2020

I have dealt with great things that I do not understand; things too wonderful for me, which I cannot know.

All week we have been reading from the book of Job. Today marks the last reading from that book, and it ends on a fitting note. Job acknowledges that he was foolish to argue with God and that the “foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength” (1 Corinthians 1:25). And, of course, as is usual with stories of this kind, Job is amply rewarded for his humility.

It is all too common today to take this bit of wisdom to a wrong conclusion and to blame God for everything that happens in our world and our lives. There is no need to attribute illnesses and harm as “being God’s will.” God never wills evil on anyone. The evil in our world comes from human foolishness and sin. When only three billionaires in our country have more money than the bottom 50% of the people, are we to attribute this to God’s will or to human greed? Are cancer and other diseases due to God’s will or, for example, spending more money on armaments than on medical research? The list could go on.

Ultimately, the individualistic society in which we live makes it difficult to focus on the common good. The lack of empathy for asylum seekers and immigrants is but one example of this. Yet, the Eucharist that we celebrate joins us with one who gave his life for the salvation of the world, not simply a select few. Our ability to be a good neighbor to those in need is something that should flow naturally from our sharing at the Lord’s table.

How can I reach out to someone in need today?

Let Us Pray:

O loving God, let me make your wisdom the focus of my life. May I realize that you have put me in this world to continue the mission of Jesus, and to make this world a bit more like the kingdom for which he lived and died.


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About Paul J. Bernier, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Paul J. Bernier served for many years as the editor of Emmanuel. He is a popular writer, preacher, and director of retreats. Among his many published works is Ministry in the Church: A Historical and Pastoral Approach, Second Edition, published by Orbis Books in 2015. His most recent book is A Eucharistic Spirituality: Inspired by Saint Peter Julian Eymard – Apostle of the Eucharist, which he co-authored with Jim Brown.