Today, as we begin the Books of the Chronicles, we return to the beginning, with Adam and Eve, with the Chronicles serving as a review of what we have read to date, from Creation to the Babylonian Exile and the return of the exiles to Judah. Genealogies are an important part of that story, so today let us listen to those from Adam to Abraham, to Jacob, to David, and the Kings that followed.
In Job, we hear his first words since his discourse with his wife (Job 2:2-10):
Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die!” But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?”
It is easy to imagine the helplessness his wife felt, being afflicted by the calamity of losing her children and livelihood, and now watching her husband waste away. Are there any words for such a time? And then Job’s friends come to console Job, and again, what words can be spoken?
Yet, when his friends begin to speak, they call to question Job’s righteousness. It was common of that time that such devastating consequences would never fall upon a righteous person, but only to one who gravely offended God. Job was fully aware of this perspective and searching for the meaning of his current plight.
It is a metaphor for our lives, when we do not have understanding to the happenings around us, we are called to have an attitude of Job, trusting, accepting both good and evil that comes. Let us take stock today as we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, to lay the truth of our situation before God, and like Job wait, and trust.
May God bless you.