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Luka and Lena

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Memorial of Saint Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church

"Job opened his mouth and cursed his day." (Job 3:1)


On one side of the hospital campus a healthy boy, Luka, is born to my son and his wife. On the other side of the campus is another son's mother-in-law, Lena, who has been unconscious for more than a month after what was hoped to be a routine surgery.

Job's lament in today's reading asks about the "why" of such suffering. The mystery of our faith has been to believe that God is present in all of life's events. Once we can accept this, we see that God can use birth, celebration, sin, tragedy and even death as occasions for good and ways to bring us to divine union.


Lord,

be close to us in our joy and in our suffering.

Transform both into love. Amen.


Paul Willrodt
Friend of Avera,

JOB 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23 • PSALM 88:2-3, 4-5, 6, 7-8 • LUKE 9:51-56

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