Thoughts on the Readings for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B) 2015

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“Everyone is looking for you.”   These words from this weekend’s Gospel remind us that when Jesus began his ministry of curing the sick, driving out demons, and preaching the Gospel, people began to seek him out.   Jesus was in such demand that the scriptures tell us that he often rose “very early before dawn ……………… and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.”   Jesus knew that his ministry flowed form the time he spent in communion with his Father in prayer.  This is a good model for us.  As disciples of Jesus, our time in prayer helps us to follow Jesus more closely and lead the life of one of his disciples.   

Our first reading this weekend is taken from the book of Job.   This book, perhaps more than any other book in the Bible, has been and continues to be the source of much study and discussion.  It presents us with the eternal question:  “Why do bad things happen to good people?"   In the section we read today Job lamented his life:  “My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle; they come to an end without hope.  Remember that my life is like the wind; I shall not see happiness again.”  To the casual observer, it must seem odd that this reading is paired with this weekend’s Gospel reading, since the first reading and Gospel are always share a common theme.   The reason the reading from Job is paired, with this Gospel is that this weekend’s Gospel invites us to remember and believe that God is always with us and for us.   God loves us and is always sharing God’s grace with us.   This Gospel invites us to look for the ways in which God is sharing God’s grace with us and helping us deal with whatever we encounter in our lives.   

In our second reading this weekend, we continue to read from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians.  In the section we read this weekend Paul talks about his call to preach the Gospel.  He says: “All this I do for the sake of the Gospel, so that I too may have a share in it.”  

Questions of Reflection/Discussion:

1.    Have you ever felt like Job?  
2.    Where have you experienced God’s love and healing grace in your life? 
3.    When is the best time for you to pray --- “very early before dawn” or ??????  

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