Tuesday, February 19, 2013
A third cycle of dialogues begins between Job and his so-called friends. Eliphaz is so convinced that bad things only happen to bad people, that he accuses Job of specific, grievous offenses. Loneliness augments Job’s anguish. No one understands; no one comforts. Job does not respond to Eliphaz, but simply proclaims God’s righteous judgments. Job talks about God, instead of speaking to God. His words come from deep conviction; yet comfort is still far away.
Highlight the golden gems in Job’s words in chapter 23 that come from his suffering. Taste the pain of Job in chapter 24. What feelings and images are stirred within you as you relate your life to Job’s life? There is relief for Job through writing; find the same for yourself.
Text: The Common English Bible
Audio: The New International Version read by Charles Taylor
This is the First Week in Lent, Year C.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Tuesdays are dedicated the Hebrew “Writings.” During Lent we read the book of Job.