Saint Theresa Church - Rye Beach, NH
A Catholic Community
Rev. Gary Kosmowski , Pastor
815 Central Road, PO Box 482
Rye Beach, NH 03871
5th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
The Book of Job, from which today’s First Reading is taken, is named after its protagonist, and addresses the perplexing subject of the suffering of the innocent. Why does God allow us to suffer? Written sometime between the 7th and 5th centuries, B.C., the author of the Book of Job is unknown. Job, a good and upright man, abundantly blessed in many ways by God, comes to suffer greatly for no apparent reason. His spirit sinks as he wonders why God punishes him, knowing that he is a good man. Today’s reading is taken from the middle part of Job’s story, when he is in misery and despair at his misfortune and suffering. He asks, why is this happening to me? If you read to the end of the story when his fortune and health are restored, Job was more greatly blessed by God than ever before. In his darkest hours, he never lost his faith in God, even though he questioned why he was suffering. The didactic purpose of the Book of Job is indicated by its lesson: even the just and righteous may suffer, and their sufferings are a test of their fidelity. They will, in the end, be rewarded, just as Job was in the poetically dramatic story of this book. We cannot begin to probe God’s divine omniscience with which he governs our world. Who are we to question Almighty God? Who are we to correct or chastise him in the wisdom of his ways? The Book of Job tells us that our problems and sufferings can be alleviated by a broader and deeper awareness of God’s power, presence, and wisdom. Be happy! Happiness is a by-product of accepting and dealing with whatever comes our way in this life. God knows what he’s doing. Have faith!
The Responsorial Psalm recalls the First Reading, delivering this message in its refrain: “Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted.” Check out the verses!
In the Second Reading, Paul says that he gives all for Christ and his gospel. He became weak so that he might identify with the weak; he gave up himself, body and spirit, so that he might teach others of Christ; he suffered so that he might bring the joy of the gospel to those in need. He did this willingly, knowing that God would not cease to love him, would never let him go. Paul made himself powerless and left himself in God’s hands.
In today’s Gospel Reading from Matthew, Jesus’ fame continued to grow among the people as he healed their ills, and exorcised their demons. The verse of the Gospel Acclamation bears up today’s gospel passage: “Christ took away our infirmities and bore our diseases.”
Our hymnody this week begins with, As We Gather at Your Table, NETTLETON, asking God to let us know his presence in our lives, and like Paul, become the least that we may bring others to God’s table; at the Offertory we sing, For the Sake of Christ, recalling the First Reading, and the Second Reading: “For the sake of Christ, I willingly accept my weakness and my trials…”. At the 10:00 Mass, the Choir follows that with, O Love, by Elaine Hagenberg, singing of the God’s great and infinite love for us, the love that holds on to us, and never lets go, even in our darkest hour. Finally, at the Closing we sing, The King of Kings, Christ Jesus Reigns, ICH GLAUB AN GOTT, acknowledging that God, in his omniscience, directs our lives through our sufferings and joys with loving wisdom. Sing with the gusto that proclaims your faith!
Mary Lou Arcidi – Music Director
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