Compassion Instead of Judgment

AnimFireStarter On and on go the arguments with Job and his friends. Finally, like a lawyer making his final speech to a jury, Job concludes his remarks. He tells his friends how good he is and that it’s just not right that these bad things are happening to him.

But woops, he’s making some mistakes! He’s got three ways of thinking that are not correct:
He claims that only good things will happen to good people.
Because he is good, such evils ought not happen to him.

God is a persecutor and a prosecutor. Job’s pain and the absence of people to listen to him with love and compassion, result in his not thinking right.

Job needs love and support, not criticism and judgment on the part of his friends. Is there someone in your life that is suffering and you are called to listen to that person so that their emotions are welcome in your presence?

Job 31

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:

Compassion rising from me vv. 16ff

For more about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the  Third Week in Lent
Spring in the north.  Year C
Tuesdays we read from The Book of Job.

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These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet.  More information…