117. When he asks something of you, or simply makes you face life’s challenges, he is hoping that you will make room for him to push you, to help you grow. He does not get upset if you share your questions with him. He is concerned when you don’t talk to him, when you are not open to dialogue with him. The Bible tells us that Jacob fought with God (cf. Gen 32:25-31), but that did not keep him from persevering in his journey. The Lord himself urges us: “Come, let us argue it out” (Is 1:18). His love is so real, so true, so concrete, that it invites us to a relationship of openness and fruitful dialogue. Seek the closeness of our heavenly Father in the loving face of his courageous witnesses on earth!
Many people wait for God to come to them, to manifest in some magical way. Pope Francis’ Ignatian training is obvious here: seek God and keep the conversation going. He mentions Jacob and Isaiah from the Old Testament. He could well have added Job. Job demands legal satisfaction from God for speech after speech. When God restores the man in chapter 42, he settles accounts in double–just as he would if he lost the judicial decision.
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