5th Sunday of Ordinary Time: Suffering

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.

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4 thoughts on “5th Sunday of Ordinary Time: Suffering

  1. Dear Quasi Renaissance Man,
    Have you considered flipping the script? What if the suffering is not our suffering but the suffering of others? What would the homily message be if God is making us stronger through the suffering of others? Perhaps we might use our experience of suffering to feel compassion for others who are suffering? What if we represented Christ to the people who are suffering in our lives?

    I am not saying the priest is wrong. I think that all the strength we gain from the trials of suffering should be used to strengthen those in our communities who need healing and support. I believe the priest stopped short of delivering the full message. I mean, what good is gaining strength from our tribulations if we do not heal each other?

    God bless,

    • Actually, father did go on to discuss this. He used the example of Simon’s mother-in-law getting up and serving as the example of how we, during and after our trials, are called to help others, not just remain self-absorbed.

      My fault for not including in the summary, but that’s what I get for trying to get a post typed while little ones need help getting back to sleep for the third time.

      • Thanks for stopping by. We are quite lucky with the priests. Now if only the choir would stop replacing parts of the mass with marginally related hymns, we’d be set.

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