Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Being Grateful

A reflection on the first Mass reading for Monday, September 27, 2010 (Job 1:6-22) by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB.

We heard in Job today of how Job had so much and evil comes and says to God, “That’s because you do so much good for him; of course he’s not going to blaspheme you or say anything bad.” Then all is taken away; and Job simply says, “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord.” The passage continues: “In all this Job did not sin nor did he say anything disrespectful of God.” When things like that happen to us, are we as respectful? Do I sit there and complain to God or do I simply say, “Blessed be the name of the Lord”? Do I do my best to abide in what God has given me not running away, but sitting in it, letting myself be in it because there is value in suffering? There is value in sharing the Cross. Christ has gone through every single thing in His Heart. He knows the suffering and by suffering we know better the Heart of Christ.

This morning in Vigils we prayed, “You renew the face of the earth.” I think that’s what Monday says, “You renew the face of the earth.” We go through creation again. We are re-created. Life is exciting when we live as a new creation. Live in God’s presence no matter what happens. Never disrespect what He has given or forget all that He has done. If we always keep in mind all that God has done for us, how could we not be grateful?

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