September 28, 2020

The story of Job is about worshiping God regardless of our circumstances and despite our lot in life. God alone is to be worshiped not necessarily because of what he has done for us but because of whom he is. He alone deserves honor and glory.

“The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

Lately, we all have several items or our lot in life that we are not liking or accepting very well. No need to focus on any of that right now—God knows we talk way too much about it and not enough focus on him. Job never lost his focus or purpose; always, it was about God. Of course, Job always enjoyed the gifts from God, but above all that he worshiped, adored, and glorified God.

Today my sweet niece of just 29 years passed away in the arms of her devoted and loving mother. She had cancer at the age of 17 and beat the odds through God’s grace, love, and mercy. Her mom and dad raised her right to praise God and love God and that she did. About three years ago, cancer came back strong, powerful, and painful. She told her mom she could not take it anymore; the pain, the suffering, the loss of work. Her beloved mother reminded her of Philippians 4:13. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” She put that verse on her living room wall and had it tattooed down her back.

She felt drawn to the Roman Catholic Church and became Catholic last Easter 2019. There is a void inexpressible in our hearts this very moment. I never met a person that did not love my niece. “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

Father Eymard stated, “To love one’s present state and to sanctify its pains and sacrifices, that is what Jesus loves above all; and so be happy with the will of Jesus.”

Let Us Pray:

Dear heavenly Father, we adore you, praise you, and worship you all the days of our lives. In Jesus’ precious name. Amen


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About Rick Costanza

Rick is a parishioner at Saint Paschal Baylon Church in Cleveland Ohio and a member of the parish's Men's Bible Study.