God’s response to Job is cold comfort when you have terminal cancer.
Season after Pentecost | 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
Job 38:1-11 (Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32); 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; Mark 4:35-41 | Semi-continuous first reading: 1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49 (Psalm 9:9-20) or 1 Samuel 17:57-18:5, 18:10-16 (Psalm 133)
We gave our readers a one-word writing prompt: "power."
Alfred Lord Tennyson called Job "the greatest poem of ancient and modern times." Excerpts are regularly included in anthologies of world literature and religious poetry. It is an undeniable literary classic. Why is it rarely preached in Christian churches?
If God’s response to Job in chapter 38 were meant only to shut Job up, seven verses would be sufficient. But God is only getting started here, and the exuberance of the rhetoric insists that vastly more is at stake.