Father gave an excellent homily this morning. We’re very fortunate that all three priests are solid, orthodox, and usually clear in their preaching.
He threaded the readings together through the lens of suffering as an opportunity for purification. Of course, he started with Job, and gave some of the context. He moved into the second reading, where we hear Paul talking about becoming weak that he might better be able to serve God among the weak, becoming “all things to all men.” Then, we have Simon’s mother-in-law suffering, then being healed and immediately serving Jesus. Through it all, he emphasized that God permits suffering to happen to us so that we become stronger, so that we purge ourselves of our faults, so that we can become purified, and so that, above all, we will conform ourselves to God’s will and do His work in the world.
All in all, a nice job with a set of readings that all too easily could have sent father down the wrong path trying to explain suffering away, rather than encouraging us to embrace it and the opportunities God gives through the challenges in our lives.