Daily Reflection
October 6th, 2000
by
John O'Keefe
Theology Department
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Job 38:1, 12-21; 40:3-5
Psalms 139:1-3, 7-10, 13-14
Luke 10:13-16

One of the things that often surprises me in my students is the assumption that understanding God should be easy.  Organic chemistry ought to be hard, calculus ought to be hard, but theology ought to be easy.  It isnít. 

I think deep down my students, like all of us, really do recognize that the ways of God are elusive and at times extremely difficult to fathom.  This was certainly true of Job.  He encountered such enormous suffering that he was tempted to lash out against God.  To Jobís rebellion God responds with a reminder that he, not Job, is in charge of the world.  Job simply does not have enough knowledge to see the whole of Godís plan and purpose.

It sometimes seems trite and woefully inadequate to offer Godís providence as a response to the inevitable human question ďwhy.Ē  This requires a deep level of trust that God will indeed, someday, make his ways clear to us even when those ways seem unbearably harsh.  

The Gospel reminds us that not trusting God and not listening to God is a form of rebellion and challenges to us to reform our lives to conform to Godís will.  In a way, both Job and Luke recommend a path that is articulated less harshly by the psalmist:  there is, really, no place empty of God.  Godís presence surrounds us and penetrates into our innermost self.  If we recognize that God is the reality that grounds us and sustains us, how can we not submit, as Job did, to Godís providential care.  Guide us, Lord, along your everlasting way.
 

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