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LAMBS IN THE MIDST OF WOLVES

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Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time

Job 19:21-27 & Lk. 10:1-12

Probably one of the most depressing of all human experiences is to feel all alone. I refer to a situation in which there seems to be no one who understands and cares about us. Three friends came to see Job in his time of suffering. Rather than console him they condemned him as guilty of some terrible sin which had brought God's wrath upon his head. Job was pushed to cry out to them, “Why do you hound me down like God, will you never have enough of my flesh?”

From the depth of his despair Job responded to a grace of God and rose to a supreme act of faith. Despite all that had befallen him and regardless of the accusations of his friends, he put his faith in God's goodness and said, “I know that my Avenger lives.” He was confident that God, like a wise and just judge, in time would announce his innocence.

Through all this Job had no clear vision of God. Rather he was like a blind man who senses, rather than sees, the presence of someone in a room. He was sure that his present blindness would be overcome and that he would see God. He came to believe that God had not abandoned him, not even for an instant.

Jesus chose 12 men to be His Apostles. Now He commissioned 72 more to go forth and proclaim the Gospel. Time was running out and there were still many places that had not heard the good news that the Kingdom of God was at hand. He warned this team of missionaries to be prepared to be rejected. He knew He was sending them out like lambs in the midst of wolves.

The world does not treat Christians kindly. It does not care about the things of God nor is interested in truth and goodness but believes in things that can be physically handled like money and guns.

The world does not care anything about doing the works of God, nor in equality, justice and love as God defined these concepts. The world believes in things that can be readily achieved, like influence, power and prestige. We Christians are really like lambs in the midst of wolves; the world would eat us alive if we were to give it half a chance.

Lord Jesus, may we always remember that we are the sheep of Your fold which means that You, the Good Shepherd, fights on our side against the wolves.

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