10TH SUNDAY AFTER PENECOST (19th Sun. Ord. Time)
"Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid."
Job, Chapter 28, Verse 28
And to mortals he said: See: the fear of the Lord is wisdom; and avoiding evil is understanding.
This chapter contains beautifully vivid descriptions of that Wisdom which is beyond the attainment of creatures and known only to God.
The story is seeking wisdom here is how the conversions continue.
- Eliphaz won't back down. He tells Job that he definitely messed up somehow to merit such a crazy punishment.
- According to this major downer, the rules are the rules; if you're being punished, you must have done something wrong.
- Job reflects on what he would do if he were actually allowed to present his case to God.
- He makes the call: he would "heed" him but not "contend" with him. God is, after all, God. Contending may not be the best idea.
- Next up? A long monologue about the state of violence on earth.
- Yeah, this one's a downer.
- Bildad asks Job, "How can a mortal be righteous?"
- Job's ready with an answer.
- He declares that of course God is the master of the universe, but it doesn't matter. He still deserves some explanation.
- God may be within everyone and everywhere, but he's still as mysterious as they come.
- And when it affects people (like Job), those people need some answers.
- Job refuses to back down from his earlier position. Yeah, it's a little repetitive, but hey, the guy has gone through a lot.
- The discussion continues about divine justice and how the evildoers (nonbelievers) will get what's coming to them by God.
- Where can seekers find wisdom? Answer? We're still not sure.
- The moral of the story is that wisdom lives with God. To fear the scope and power of this divine wisdom is to be truly wise in a human sense. Kind of how a truly wise man knows that he knows nothing.
10th Sunday after Pentecost
This Sunday focuses on humility and its source in knowing that all goodness comes from the Spirit.
The Pharisee stood and began to pray. . .'O God. . .I am not like the rest of men. . .' But the publican. . .kept striking his breast, saying, 'O God, be merciful to me the sinner'". Pride is the curse of our day! The Pharisee, self-sufficient, self-righteous, wants the applause of men, while pretending to honor God. A hypocrite! Yes, he does refrain from some misdeeds but he but he neglects the essence of religion, love for God and neighbor. And he measures himself not by the All-Perfect God, but by imperfect men. Humility is our salvation! The publican confesses his misuse of grace, appeals for pardon, shows a willingness to atone. For him God will "multiply. . .mercy". From him He will "accept the sacrifice. . .upon altar". God is the source of all "gifts," intended to lead us and others back to Himself, not to "dumb idols".
International Left-Handers Day
International Left-Handers Day is a day to bring attention to the struggles which lefties face daily in a right-handed society. August 13th is observed as International Left-Handers Day.
International Left-Handers Day Facts
· 10% of people are left-handed according to a report by Scientific American.
· Geniuses are more likely to be left-handed - 20% of the top scoring SAT takers are left-handed.
· In 2013, 31% of Major League Baseball pitchers are left-handed.
· Of the last 5 Presidents, 3 were lefties - Obama, Clinton and Bush Sr.
· All lefties: Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Barak Obama, Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Leonardo da Vinci