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26th week Thursday/ St. Francis of Assisi

26th Week, Ordinary Time, Thursday, 04-10-18
Job 19:21-27 / Luke 10:1-12

 As we may have already known by now, there is a  mixture of black and white in almost everything.

 Where there is darkness, there is some light, and where there is light there are some shadows.

 A wise man may succumb to some foolishness at time, and a fool may have his moments of wisdom.

 In the 1st reading, Job initially portrays God as his tormentor, and yet a bit further down the passage he calls on God as his Avenger.

 A few chapters before this, Job was calling on God to be his judge and defending his innocence against his three friends who were accusing him of some hidden faults that resulted in his misfortune.

 At Chapter 19, Job is only beginning to discover the reality of the mystery of God. From being a judge, God is now at times a tormentor and yet at times his Avenger.

 Job will discover more and more about the God in the chapters to come.

 Even in the gospel, the reality of the mission seems to have a mixture of adventure and danger.

 On the one hand, the disciples are sent like labourers into the rich harvest, yet on the other hand they are being sent like lambs among wolves.

 And just like Job who will discover slowly the mystery of God, so too will we as we experience the adventure and the danger in living out our faith in an unpredictable world.

 And through it all, may we keep the hope that one day our eyes will look on God and then we will truly know the mystery of life.

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi: Today the Church honors St. Francis of Assisi as we celebrate the memorial of his feast.

 St. Francis is a symbol of peace and poverty, as well as a symbol of humility and simplicity.

 One saying that is often accredited to him is this: Preach the gospel, and if necessary use words.

 Another saying from a poem by Edgar A. Guest that begins with this line: I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day.

 Surely words have the ability to communicate a message and to clarify the ambiguities, and the written word can go down into history books and remain for posterity.

 Yet action translates words into a visual meaning, and in other cases, words are used to describe an action and to put it into a teaching.

 Jesus also used words in His preaching and the proclamation of the Good News.

 But in today's gospel, He had a warning for the towns of Chorazin and Bethsaida. And He added that if the miracles done in these two towns had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago.

 Those miracles were visible signs of the Good News and the Kingdom of God, calling people to conversion and repentance.

 Just as St. Francis of Assisi was a sign of peace and poverty, of humility and simplicity.

 Yes, what we need to see, we have already seen; what we need to hear, we have already heard.

 What we need to do from here, we have to decide; we must decide. (SY)