Homily for Thursday, October 2, 2014

Readings for Today

Poor Job. I know that not everyone has experienced the level of his suffering, but to those who have, it is easy to understand the words he speak that come from the deepest part of his being. Throughout this book his words are deep, real, and authentic. Yet in the midst of all of this, Job is able to hang on to his faith, his knowledge that because of his relationship with God he is never alone.

And Job certainly had many reasons to feel as if he were alone. All persons, all things, everything in Job’s life was taken from him. Even his friends, upon whom he counted for their support, ultimately blame Job for the sorry state he is in. His wife tells him to give up. Die. Get it all over with.

But Job never forgets just how much he is loved by God. He never forgets that all human love is a dim reflection of the spectacular divine love. With what very well was great effort, Job kept his eyes “focused on the prize”, so to speak, focused on God.

Today is a very comforting feast. God sends special spiritual assistance to us in the form of our guardian angel. God’s care for us, God’s desire that we might fully and completely know that God wants to save us, is made apparent to us in the life giving salvific act of Jesus. It is our guardian angel who constantly reminds us of the need to accept this loving act in our own lives.

Today also serves as a reminder of the great care we need to exercise toward the vulnerable. The innocent trust of children is given as a specific example of the “greatest” in God’s kingdom. Yet precisely because of this innocent trust we are reminded of the very special care they deserve.

I think this extends to everyone when they are vulnerable. And because the vulnerability of others is not always visible, we need to take extra care in how we interact with them. Because remember, they have guardian angels too.

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