Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? (Job. 38:1).

We do well to consider the meaning of this question, posed by God in the dialogue with Job. The Book of Job is a reflection or dialogue on the problem of evil and the suffering of the just in this world. As such, this book addresses the question of human suffering, specifically, the suffering of the just and the innocent. It gives voice to a question often asked: Why do the wicked prosper? The book does not offer a theoretical solution to this question but it does assert a truth that we affirm each Sunday in the recitation of the Creed: I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. From nature and from revelation we can know something about God and His ways, but ultimately, much is mysterious and we face the problem of evil in the knowledge of God and of His infinite goodness. Faith with complete trust in God is the only way to bridge the gap between our temporal world and the eternal life of God.

Our Saviour Jesus Christ provides us with the complete answer to the problem raised by Job. He teaches us to call God Our Father. He also revealed very clearly that the human person is immortal and that after this life there are two possibilities: the wicked who reject God’s love will be damned in hell for all eternity; while those who love God in return, and who do His will in this life will attain eternal life in the loving embrace of the most Holy Trinity. The basis for the judgment that will determine our eternal destiny is not an arbitrary judgment, but one based on the truth and the law; both the eternal law and the natural law.

Praise the Lord

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