February 6 – 7, 2021
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In ten days Lent will begin and we are reminded of Our Lord’s sufferings from 40 days in the desert to His Passion and death on the cross. Lent is ordered to prepare us for the great and glorious feast of Easter – the reason Our Savior came upon this earth as one of us. He came to set us free from our sins and restore hope to fallen humanity.
In today’s first reading we are made aware of the hopelessness and despair that afflicted poor Job. He represents those who could not understand God’s ways and seems to fall into a dark hole spiritually, clueless about the evils that overwhelm him. He longed for someone to redeem him and when he finally recognizes that God is God and he is not, only then is he able to ascent to the mysteries that perplex him and thus finds consolation and peace. Job’s life is a power lesson us.
However, we have something Job does not, namely Jesus Christ. He who knows us better than we know ourselves as our Redeemer. No one and nothing else in this world in this world can ever bring the healing, mercy and compassion we need to be lifted from a Job-like despair. Perhaps during our upcoming Lenten sojourn we may ask the Lord to help us realize this truth and finally like Job, give ourselves completely to His Holy Will.