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God is Great-Job is Small

Fr. Walter J. Quinn, OSA
Priest Associate, Priests for Life

October 03, 1980
   
 

Old St Augustine Parish Church,     4th & Vine Sts, Phila, PA                                                                                                          

WHEN THE ASTRONAUTS in their Spaceship...soared into Limitless Reaches with all its Countless  Planets, Stars and Constellations......of Outer Space the smallness of the individual person...indeed even of Planet Earth itself by comparison becomes Obvious!

GOD IS THE CREATOR of Space and ALL within it...including the Sky above, Earth and all Living Creatures on it, the SEA and all Fishes within...including  the Species“Homo Sapiens” ....Man....& Woman.

TO HAVE SOME COMPREHENSION of God’s Greatness and JOB’s Smallness...one should read the ENTIRE Chapters of the Book of JOB: Chapters 37, 38, 39 & 40.  In JOB: 38:1 ff  “The Lord addressed Job out of the storm. Where were you when I founded the Earth?  Tell Me if you have Understanding.  Who determined its size do you know?  Who stretched out the measuring line for it?”

JOB ALSO HAS MANY.... TRIALS, TROUBLES of all kinds...along with the Cross of Suffering which varies with every Individual.   Some have Large Crosses...others  have Small Crosses....some have Frequent...Crosses.......others Daily and Permanent Crosses.  

MANY PEOPLE in our modern times look upon ANY Cross...as a burden to be avoided at all cost.  But the Good Christian knows that Christ taught...that the SURE WAY to Salvation is through the Cross...which means Suffering.

CROSSES can and do come to everyone. We often start out with a cross or trial Unwillingly like Simon of Cyrene......who after reflection and perhaps some Grace realized that Christ was innocent and Unjustly condemned.  The Cross he was carrying was still a heavy burden...but now it all was a little less bitter!

SPIRITUAL WRITERS tell us about Saints who have regarded such trials as a GIFT of GOD....who knowing all things, gives us Crosses through which we can better achieve our Salvation.

JOB’S TROUBLES piled up.... and he cursed the day he was born...but he never cursed God!  He does ask the WHY of such suffering.....a question that plagues almost everyone!   Job realized  God’s Love, Mercy and Concern for all of us. He felt his smallness: Job 33...”Behold I am of little account.  What can I say to you........so I put my hand over my mouth.”

THE ANSWER may never be known....since it lies within the Mind and Will of the Almighty. Christianity can and does provide the Courage and Strength to bear the Crosses we have.  God knows how to bring GOOD out of Suffering.

                             WE SHOULD STRIVE TO BE WILLING TO LET GOD ACT IN OUR LIVES...

                                            AND TO ACCEPT WHAT EVER HE SENDS  OUR WAY.

                 ONLY THEN WILL WE BE ABLE TO HAVE THE SAME PEACE OF HEART THAT JOB ENJOYED!

   
 
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