How often, especially in times of crisis, do we feel tricked by God? We think we have been duped into believing that all will be well if we just have faith in the Almighty. In fact, when bad times hit, we feel abandoned and betrayed.
Even Jesus Christ felt abandoned when He said from His cross, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?!” [Matthew 27:46] However, as we learn from Jesus, God does not abandon His children, nor does He try to fool us. We fool ourselves if we think we can get through life without suffering. Whether it is physical pain, illness, emotional distress, or all of the above, each of us will come face to face with suffering—because that is part of life.
Sometimes we bring suffering upon ourselves by the way we live and the choices we make. Then there are times when life is turned upside down and inside out through no misdeed of our own; we are left wondering “Why?” We are not always going to understand the events in our lives. It is more important that we do not allow those events and the questions they conjure up to block us in our journey towards holiness and ultimately Heaven. The key to entering the Kingdom of God is in the way we respond to life and what we experience in life.
Truly, Mary our Blessed Mother did not allow events in her life, even the most painful moment of seeing her Son die on the cross, to stop her on her journey. What Mary did not understand, she pondered and with God’s grace, every event in Mary’s earthly life served a purpose—to draw her closer to God’s loving embrace. That embrace—that unity with the Holy Trinity—gave Mary the strength to overcome her own pain and to share God’s love in this world, especially with those in great need.
An Instrument for Love
St. John Paul II wrote that suffering is the instrument by which love is released in the act of caring and healing. We witnessed God’s love through strangers helping strangers, regardless of their own sufferings, in the aftermath of the recent hurricanes. These devastating events remind us that we are put on this earth to serve a purpose—not to store up material treasures but to love one another as God loves us. When we unite our lives with the Holy Trinity, we purchase the treasure of God’s infinite love; so great it must be shared.
When the Prophet Jeremiah said “You duped me O Lord” [Jeremiah 20:7], Jeremiah was amazed at God’s strength and his own burning desire to spread God’s Word. Despite his own suffering, Jeremiah remained confident in God. Therefore, let nothing in our lives go to waste; let us use every moment to strengthen our union with God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and let us share the sweetness of God’s love, especially with those in greater need than ourselves. #