Friday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus predicts coming persecutions. 

But I find that this passage raises the larger issue of courage in the face of any trial or adversity. 

In our humanity, we avoid adversity.  We do not run toward it by nature.  Even Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane in his human nature that the cup of suffering might be taken from him.  He showed natural human emotions in that moment.  However, his human nature being an instrument of his divine nature and his human will always being subject to his divine will, he committed to entering into his Passion because his divine will was fully one with the Father’s will.  His human will is never be at odds with his divine will.

In our life, we find ourselves subject to various trials and adversities.  When we overcome them, or at least endure them, we usually find that we have grown from the experience.  The cross that we bear, or the yoke that we have, is unique to us.  As Fr. Maurice said last weekend, each yoke is custom fitted for each of us.  And we, in turn, are made for that yoke.  When a yoke does not fit an animal, it chafes the animal.  But, when the yoke fits well, it makes it much easier to pull the load. 

We know that God does not cause evil, but he permits it so that some good might come out of it.  That good that comes from our trials might be our own growth.  It might be an increase in our recognition of our dependence on God.  It might be the witness that we give to others during our suffering.  God does not remove our suffering in this life.  He does give grace and other assistance that help us to bear that suffering. 

Another priest told me that, if God calls you to it, he will give you the grace to get through it.

Does our faith give us courage during any difficulties?  Do we always look for the good that can come out of a bad situation?