JOB 3: 1 – 3, 11 – 17, 20 – 23
Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. And Job said: “Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night which said, ‘A man-child is conceived.’ Why did I not die at birth, come forth from the womb and expire? Why did the knees receive me? Or why the breasts, that I should suck? For then I should have lain down and been quiet; I should have slept; then I should have been at rest, with kings and counsellors of the earth who rebuilt ruins for themselves, or with princes who had gold, who filled their houses with silver. Or why was I not as a hidden untimely birth, as infants that never see the light? There the wicked cease from troubling, and there the weary are at rest. Why is light given to him who is in misery, and life to the bitter in soul, who long for death, but it comes not, and dig for it more than for hidden treasures; who rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they find the grave? Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden, whom God has hedged in?”
The Word of the Lord.
Psalm 88: 2 – 3, 4 – 5a, 5b – 6, 7 – 8 (R.) 3a
R/. Let my prayer come into your presence, O Lord
O Lord and God of my salvation,
I cry before you day and night.
Let my prayer come into your presence.
Incline your ear to my cry. R/.
For my soul is filled with evils;
my life is on the brink of the grave.
I am reckoned as one in the tomb. R/.
I am like a warrior without strength,
like one roaming among the dead,
like the slain lying in their graves,
like those you remember no more,
cut off, as they are, from your hand. R/.
You have laid me in the depths of the pit,
in regions that are dark and deep.
Your anger weighs down upon me;
I am drowned beneath your waves. R/.
Mark 10: 45
The Son of man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
“He set his face to go to Jerusalem.”
LUKE 9: 51 – 56
When the days drew near for Jesus to be received up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him; but the people would not receive him, because his face was set towards Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to bid fire come down from heaven and consume them?” But he turned and rebuked them. And they went on to another village.
The Gospel of the Lord.
[7:08 am, 27/09/2022] Tk: GOSPEL REFLECTION: The Desire for Revenge
September 27, 2022
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“Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?” Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed to another village. (Luke 9:54-56)
These words, spoken by James and John, are words that many people feel like saying at various times in their lives. Perhaps you can relate. These Apostles spoke this way because Jesus was not welcomed in a Samaritan town they had just entered. He wanted to dine there and the townspeople rejected Him and His Apostles. As a result, James and John were hurt and angry and wanted to call down the wrath of God upon that village.
Whenever we experience hurt in life, it’s understandable that we feel this way. We tend to want justice and revenge and want those who hurt us to pay for their sin. But Jesus’ attitude was much different. He rebuked His Apostles for their desire of wrath and moved on not allowing this rejection to affect Him.
Rejection and other forms of hurt caused by others can be difficult to let go of. It can easily sit within our hearts, acting like a mold that slowly grows and takes over. When this happens, you may have a very hard time forgiving and letting go of the hurt.
The best way to approach the hurt caused by another is to immediately act as our Lord did. It must be let go of right away and you must move on. God is the only one to issue vengeance, not us. When we fail to do this and harbor the hurt feelings, they ultimately do us more harm than anyone else.
Reflect, today, upon any feelings of anger or hurt that you still harbor in your heart. Make the conscious choice to forgive and move on. Forgiving does not mean that you act as if the hurt caused you was okay. On the contrary, an act of forgiving another is also an acknowledgment that there was wrongdoing. Forgiveness allows you to keep that hurt from doing you more unnecessary damage. In the end, it is also an open invitation to the other to repent and reconcile with you. Leave vengeance and wrath to the Lord and seek to keep your heart at peace.
Lord of mercy, I pray for the grace to forgive. I especially forgive those who have hurt me the most and offer them to You. Free me from any feelings of vengeance I harbor and help me to love with Your pure and merciful heart. I love You, dear Lord. Help me to love others as You love. Jesus, I trust in You.