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Today’s Readings – Monday of Week 26 of Ordinary Time - First Reading

Commentary on Job 1:6-22

After Proverbs and Ecclesiastes we now move on to another ‘wisdom’ book and one of the most profound, the Book of Job.

The book is called after its central character and deals with the problem of the suffering of the innocent. It is regarded as a literary masterpiece, although the author is unknown.

Job, a good and upright man but also a very wealthy one suddenly loses all his wealth, including his property and his family. He himself suffers from a serious skin disease and he is reduced to sitting miserably on an ash heap.

Yet, Job never complains against God. When some friends, “Job’s comforters”, come to sympathise, he protests his innocence, for such afflictions were usually seen as punishment for sinful behaviour. Nevertheless, Job does no … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Sunday of Week 26 of Ordinary Time

Commentary on Amos 6:1a,4-7, 1Timothy 6:11-16 and Luke 16:19-31

To some people, the story in today’s Gospel may seem quite unfair. A successful man, indicated by the prosperity of his surroundings, is buried in hell. A snivelling beggar, who may have never done a day’s work in his l … Continue

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