Why me? I imagine that everyone has had a moment when they asked themselves this question. Those times when not only is it the case that nothing is going right, but even worse, when it appears to us that we have been singled out for particularly awful treatment. We can believe that we have been abandoned completely, even by God.
This is the feeling that could arise if we found ourselves in the situation described in the first reading. Consider Gideon’s question: “My Lord, if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us?” I have certainly felt times in my life where I feel like Gideon. If I am serving the Lord, why is it the case that such difficult things are happening to me? Why do I not seem to be getting some credit when I believe I am clearly following the path of the Lord?
Indeed, being delivered into the power of the enemy might be causing just these questions to be asked by the Christians in the Middle East who are being slaughtered and oppressed at the hands of ISIS. It is certainly understandable. There may be a special kind of suffering that comes for these persecuted Christians today because the world seems to take little or no notice.