Why do innocent people suffer? This is an age old question. It is a question that we can never fully answer. But in light of our Christian Faith ‘Suffering’ does have meaning and value.
St Paul tells us ‘In my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the Church.’
‘In treating the human person as a psychological and physical ‘whole,’ the Old Testament often links ‘moral’ suffering with the pain of specific parts of the body: the bones, kidneys, liver, heart. In fact, one cannot deny that moral suffering have a ‘physical’ or somatic element, and that they are often reflected in the state of the entire organism.’
We are body and soul in one person. The pain that we carry in our soul often is reflected in our body. Jesus came to heal the heart.
It is when we are suffering and in pain that we need to ask The Holy Spirit and Mary to open our Heart to Jesus, and allow the Love of God to bring us peace. Jesus is with us in our suffering. Jesus is suffering with us.
We read in the introduction of the ‘Pastoral Care of the Sick’ ” Although closely linked with the human condition, sickness cannot as general rule be regarded as a punishment inflicted on each individual for personal sins. (John 9:3) Christ himself, who is without sin, is fulfilling the words of Isaiah took on all the wound of his passion and shared in all human pain. (Isaiah 53:4-5) Christ is still pained. Still, our afflictions seem but momentary and slight when compared to the greatness of the eternal glory for which they prepare us. (Cor 4:17)’
Part of the plan laid out by God’s providence is that we should fight strenuously against all sickness and carefully seek the blessing of good health, so that we may fulfill our role in human society and in the Church. Yet we should always be prepared to fill us what is lacking in Christ’s suffering for the salvation of the world as we look forward to creation’s being set free in the glory of the children of God. (Col 1:24; Rom 8:19-21)’
Jesus tells us ‘Have faith in God. If you have the faith the mustard seed. You can say to this mountain be uprooted and go to the sea and it would obey you. When you stand praying ‘Believe’ that you have already received and it will be give to you. And if you hold anything against anyone forgive them that your Father in Heaven will forgive you your sins.’
Thought for the day. Jesus is connecting the power of faith to move mountain with forgiving your brothers and sister.