We will be reading our way through the story of Job and the letter to the Hebrews during October, and we will continue to follow Jesus through his ministry in Mark’s gospel. This Sunday, we will read the exchange between God and Satan concerning the Lord’s faithful servant Job. Satan contends that Job is only faithful because he has never been hurt or tested, and God tells Satan to give Job’s faithfulness a try. The letter to the Hebrews reminds us that Jesus, God incarnate, became the pioneer of salvation through being tested and suffering. Jesus is “the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word.” And yet he “tasted death for everyone.” Jesus Christ goes before us all, showing us the way to be his followers; his way is love and acceptance and trust, even when testing and suffering come. This is the point Jesus makes to his disciples in Sunday’s gospel lesson, when he says, “Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.”
Whether you come to worship this Sunday at 10:00 a.m., for glorious music and the whole Cathedral “experience,” or at 4:00 p.m. for more intimate and reflective spiritual experience, you will meet the same risen Lord, who loves you and wants to lead you to wholeness and life.