SUNDAY (August 9, 2020)
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“…Immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”” (Matthew 14:27)

Reading
““Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” (Job 38:4–7)

Meditation
God is speaking to Job. You know, Job, the guy who basically lost everything? Children, wife, house and all his money. Job sits tormented and near death, ridiculed by his friends, creating even more desolation and isolation than one person might bear. In his anguish he has called out to God, wondering why as a “righteous man” he has had to suffer so. God, comes to Job, not so much to answer Job’s questions of “why”, but to answer in questions. God, the creator of all, begins to state who He is as He lays out His questions before Job and before us. There is no satisfactory answer to the “why must I suffer” question. There is only satisfaction and hope in God, Himself. God, who is unchangeable and eternal Love.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Bless Doris, O Lord, and teach her to hope in the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer of the Week
Almighty and most merciful God, preserve us from all harm and danger that we, being ready in both body and soul, may cheerfully accomplish what You want done; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Lord’s Prayer