I'd like something bleak yet penitential

Sometimes a reading captures an event/season because of the way that it tells the story.  Like the Christmas story in Luke.  Other times a reading captures an event/season because of the way it feels.  Like the way that Job feels like Lent. 

Try this - go to a bookstore and ask the clerk for something bleak yet penitential.  Job will be one of their top 3 recommendations.  Every time. 

So why are we reading it now? 

Because while 3/4ths of Job is definitely bleak yet penitential (and then some), in the last part of Job everything stops.  So that just who God is and how things really work can be explained.  In detail.  By God. 

Which is the beginning of the reality check that is Ordinary Time. 

More on this tomorrow.