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Sunday, August 13, 2017

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.



Wisdom[1]

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[2]

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".[3]


International Left-Handers Day[4]

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

Daily Devotions/Prayers
·         Drops of Christ’s Blood
·         Assumption Novena day 8

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