Seventy-Two Blessings

Greetings on this the Memorial of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church
Readings: JB 42:1-3, 5-6, 12-17; PS 119:66, 71, 75, 91, 125, 130; LK 10:17-24
Notes: We have arrived at the end of the Book of Job (selected readings, of course).

Isn’t the first reading so wonderful? (take a peek below).

For me it brings tears to my eyes. The great Job confession of sorts!

  • No purpose of yours can be hindered – the well-being of humanity, each individually.
  • I see wonderful things but cannot comprehend the depths of love behind them.
  • I have come to see you, not by eye sight but by your whispering action.
  • Therefore, I disown my anger. I desire right relation.


And our gospel portion reveals the authority and power against evil given the Apostles and to you!


To praise God!

”At that very moment he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and “I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.

Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.

You, the baptized of the Lord, have become Priest, Prophet and King.

Turning to the disciples in private he said, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”

First reading
Job answered the LORD and said:

I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be hindered. I have dealt with great things that I do not understand; things too wonderful for me, which I cannot know. I had heard of you by word of mouth, but now my eye has seen you. Therefore I disown what I have said, and repent in dust and ashes.

Responsorial Psalm
Lord, let your face shine on me.

Alleluia Verse
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.

Gospel Portion
The seventy-two disciples returned rejoicing and said to Jesus, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.” Jesus said, “I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky. Behold, I have given you the power ‘to tread upon serpents’ and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you.


Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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