The LORD addressed Job out of the storm and said: Have you ever in your lifetime commanded the morning and shown the dawn its place For taking hold of the ends of the earth, till the wicked are shaken from its surface? The earth is changed as is clay by the seal, and dyed as though it were a garment; But from the wicked the light is withheld, and the arm of pride is shattered. Job 38:12-15
“And as for you, Capernaum, ‘Will you be exalted to heaven? You will go down to the netherworld.’ Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.” Luke 10:15-16
From “A conversation with James Martin, S.J.”
Through all the challenges of daily life, the message Jesus delivered is built on the same depth of faith we witness in the life of Job: “The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Job experienced profound loss and profound gain. He may have lost his possessions and even his family but he gained a personal relationship with the Lord. Through our faith and good works, we can aspire to experience the same direct “conversation” with the Lord in our prayer life. No matter how much we long for the Kingdom, it is up to us to begin to build that mighty Kingdom, brick-by-holy-brick – careful not to reject any pebble spoken by Jesus.
What bricks of faith, hope and love will you put into place today after you are converted in your conversation with the Lord?