Homily: Why does God allow suffering?

Homily: Why does God allow suffering?
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Queen Esther is in an interesting spot in her life. On the one hand, her life has been one of blessing. She has become the Queen. This gives here a good life. On the other hand, her Jewish faith has put her in great danger. In some ways the source of her glory is also a great risk. Yet if Esther had done such great things, why is it that she was made to suffer? Why does she find herself in a place where she pours out her heart to God in desperate pleading? Saint Augustine says there are two reasons for our suffering. The first is that we receive punishment as a consequence of our sinfulness. The second is that suffering occurs in our life to keep us from getting too proud, which could be seen as our greatest threat. And by remaining faithful to God in the midst of our suffering, it is then that we also provide an outspoken witness to others about the power of faith.

Readings for Today

Homily given at Christian Brothers College High School, Town and Country, Missouri, on March 14, 2019.

Homily for Friday, November 14, 2014

Readings for Today

Are you ready? You may have noticed that the readings are taking a different tone these days. The gospels have become a little more dramatic. They are taking on an air of urgency. There are warnings all around us and we run the risk that we could miss them, since dire warnings were missed in the past.

The examples of Noah and Lot are mentioned. In both cases, there was the righteous person who was saved in the midst of disasterous consequences. Noah and his family are saved when the earth floods. Lot is saved becuase he does not proceed half-heartedly in following the Lord, but never looks back. Each was saved because their lives were examples of the type of witness that comes from following God, especially when to do so is not always easy.

We never know when we will encounter God. We do know that God is all around us, but we are never sure when that life-changing moment could happen.

We certainly know that life can change in a heartbeat. Life is fine one minute; then an event occurs where things simply cannot be the same ever again. It might be a car accident that takes the life of someone we love. It might be receiving a diagnosis of a terminal illness. It could be something quite positive like the day of a wedding, or ordination to priesthood.

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