Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.
Until now you have not asked anything in my name;
ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.
“I have told you this in figures of speech.
The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures
but I will tell you clearly about the Father.
On that day you will ask in my name,
and I do not tell you that I will ask the Father for you.
For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me
and have come to believe that I came from God.
I came from the Father and have come into the world.
Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.” JN 16:23-28
We are still in the Last Supper account and today Jesus reminds us of something that seems backwards, suffering brings joy. When a person forgets this, they think comfort and luxury bring joy and they try to fill their yearning heart with material things. Jesus had to go through the Passion to get to the Resurrection. We, too, must suffer to be rewarded with joy.
Catholics don’t enjoy suffering, but Jesus gives purpose to suffering, it is a great avenue for grace. God’s grace restores what sin has damaged. Any pain or suffering we are going through can be offered up with Jesus’s suffering on the cross (don’t forget to do this while you are suffering) and receive grace. Jesus never promises to take away our suffering, but that He will be with us in it.
Most importantly, this is the point of a vocation, our call to give our life up for another in priest, religious life, or mother and father. Our suffering is joyful and not a burden or work, when we are doing it for another called by God in our mission. Jesus Christ is the most joyful Man hanging on that cross. He took on everyone’s sins and atoned for them. This was His mission. We cannot take His place and die for our own sins. This is the greatest sacrifice and act of love. God humbly became one of us to do it. Amazing humility and love!! The Father is radically in love with His creation. May we suffer joyfully in mission for our Father, the rewards are eternal.
Peter Kreeft reminds us that the worst pain or suffering on earth will be like a cough due cold compared to the joy and glory of heaven. Our greatest witnesses (martyrs) willingly go to their death for Christ based on this very fact. What many North American Christians don’t realize is that there have been more martyrs in the 20th century than all other centuries combined.
This Is The Age of Martyrs
“In a recent article, Justin D. Long emphasized the startling fact that more people have died for their faith in the Twentieth Century than in all of the previous centuries combined. “During this century, we have documented cases in excess of 26 million martyrs. From AD 33 to 1900, we have documented 14 million martyrs.””
Amazing! God’s love is the most powerful thing in the world. Allow Him to give it to you!
Today’s challenge: Offer up all suffering with Christ’s suffering on the cross and receive grace which makes us holy and helps us grow closer to Jesus who knows what suffering is about which in turn helps us to enter eternal joy-heaven!
Be a servant, become a saint!
“suffering brings joy.” Mr Geortz, This is in fact true but what seems to be an oxymoron. This reminds me of Love. God gave us his infinite and always forgiving love. It’s hard to love. In this day, some think of love as a pleasure but it is quite the opposite. Love is a feeling. It has ups and downs but it is mainly for the benefit of the other. Love is hard and it is a burden and it can hurt. But that the thing love can hurt but God didn’t make it to hurt he made it to bring joy. And once you find that special person you want to spend your life with, it is an everlasting joy even though there is suffering and it is because you’re not alone. Even if you’re not married, God is always there as someone to talk to. Even if you don’t hear him speak, he is listening and he helps tremendously.
Love is a decision with feeling attached to it. A person makes a decision to love even if they are not loved back because this is how God loves us. It is difficult but rewarding. To love and be loved is all we really desire.
Good reflection, Tristan!