But you, go and proclaim the Kingdom of God

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Greetings on this the Wednesday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time
Readings: Jb 9:1-12, 14-16; Ps 88:10bc-11, 12-13, 14-15; Lk 9:57-62
Notes: Contending with God is not a problem. The Lord would much prefer your voice than your silence.

Job, in the end, recognizes there is so much we don’t know. So he/we go deeper into the question.

Does God really love me?

Yes, yes, he does.

How do we know?

Job intercedes for his friends.

In the end, Job’s discontent is satisfied in his honest dialog with God and his acting like the Lord in giving forgiveness and grace. IN the concluding scene of the drama, the Lord reckons with Job friends who did poorly. Instead of anger, grace. Instead of direct action, He gives Job the work of forgiveness.

Let my servant Job pray for you (Jb 42:8b).

Hurricane Ian at our doorsteps. Pray for Cuba and the Keys, heavy flooding.

Locally only tropical storm status. Tampa needs prayer.

Reflection (Good King Wenceslaus – He is one of my favorites)

“Good King Wenceslaus” was able to incarnate his Christianity in a world filled with political unrest. While we are often victims of violence of a different sort, we can easily identify with his struggle to bring harmony to society. The call to become involved in social change and in political activity is addressed to Christians; the values of the gospel are sorely needed today.

Optional memorial https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-of-the-day/saint-wenceslaus

First reading
I know well that it is so; but how can a man be justified before God?

Responsorial Psalm
Let my prayer come before you, Lord.

Daily I call upon you, O LORD; to you I stretch out my hands.

Alleluia Verse
I consider all things so much rubbish that I may gain Christ and be found in him.

Gospel Portion
But you, go and proclaim the Kingdom of God.

How do we know God loves us? Because you intercede for your friends.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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