The Profound Purpose of Lament

For 4 February 2024, The Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, based on Job 7:1–4, 6–7

Job spoke, saying ‘Do not human beings have a hard service on earth,
and are not their days like the days of a labourer?
Like a slave who longs for the shadow,
and like labourers who look for their wages,
so I am allotted months of emptiness,
and nights of misery are apportioned to me.
When I lie down I say, “When shall I rise?”
But the night is long,
and I am full of tossing until dawn.
My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle,
and come to their end without hope.

‘Remember that my life is a breath;
my eye will never again see good.

Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.