Redemptive suffering is more than just offering a prayer for someone in the midst of our pain. In addition, through his one redemptive Sacrifice of Calvary, Jesus shows how suffering can be redemptive. We have a great, great remedy in our hands, that is, prayer. It’s true she was born without original sin. If we want to suffer well, we need to learn where to stand, and where to look, when our storms come â and we do well to learn before they come. Just read the story of Job. Suffering happens to all of usâbut suffering â¦ The apostle Peter wrote his first letter to help Christians suffer well, with more than a dozen lessons for the valley. If we were more familiar with heaven, we would experience suffering differently. Suffering may indeed linger and harass us until death comes, but then, for all who hope in God, pain itself will suffer swift extinction. Unconditional love is what defeats the attempts of Satan to break us down and convince us to sin because of the intense suffering that we are in. It does not always mean we endure physical pain in order to participate in redemptive suffering, though that is certainly one way we can. If God had stopped the world after the first humans sinned then none of us would be here now or in heaven. The point is how to do the suffering part, not the redemption part. But Jesus shows us that even in this situation he chose to forgive, to exemplify self sacrificing love in order to shower his Divine Mercy out upon them in the hope of their healing and restoration. We love we care for and we shouldn't want it to happen to us. But take heart! We all focus so much on our own suffering and wanting out of it that we forget that our responses and reactions affect other people. (32 min.) It is Godâs plan for preserving us and bringing us safely to glory. (1 Peter 1:6â7). so let's open our hearts to the presence of the Holy Spirit right That's invite him into our struggles into our suffering. We, the faithful who collectively makeup the Body of Christ, are called to do the same. You see, the worldâs first reaction to suffering is to run away from it or fix it. Randy Alcorn has known his share of suffering, both personally and most recently in walking his wife through a terrible war with cancer. After you have suffered for a little while. Suffering is part of this world. But I think reflecting on her title of âOur Lady of Sorrowsâ can encourage us to suffer well, especially during this Lenten season. Lent: A Season to Remember How to Suffer Well by Joseph DâSouza - Christian breaking news commentary. In 1997, I moved South where I subsequently met my husband,Jason. It is called complete sanctification. Jesus isn't just someonewe should just know about, He is someone we should KNOW, personally. Suffering has a way of making the difficult circumstances of the present seem ultimate, as if our whole existence is summed up in this awful moment. Marshall Segal is a writer and managing editor at desiringGod.org. If our own physical body was not functioning, we would make every effort to get it to function, especially through prayer. And the biggest difference between Eve and Mary is that Mary actually knew what evil was. Redemptive suffering is a sacrifice of our own free choice, putting aside our human will in order to choose the Will of God, imitating Jesus’ passion and participating in the redemption of the collective Body of Christ. Meditating on heaven is a great pain reliever. Even in the first century, Peter wrote, âResist [the devil], firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the worldâ (1 Peter 5:9). Before Peter sympathizes with their suffering â and he does sympathize with their suffering (1 Peter 1:6) â he draws them heavenward. Jesus, I offer up my sufferings with your sacrifice on the Cross.â I thank Him for helping me understand what He went through for me. Youâre not only surrounded by endless testimonies of faithful sufferers, but you are loved, and cared for, by a God whose Son suffered to have you. There are many ways that we participate in this, both big and small. In this world you will have trouble. âChrist also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. People tend to think that holiness means you don’t suffer. I pray that I am able to die well. PRAYER. I am nothingwithout him. We are one body in Christ. I pray for good lives for my kidsânot so much pleasure but deepness of being that comes from education and faith. When you suffering, offer it up for sinners, giving it a purpose. (1 Peter 1:3â4). But for those with a living hope, suffering is never ultimate. Peter says we will find strength to persevere in our suffering by watching the armies of saints, across oceans and over centuries, endure the same and worse because God was and is with them. The Author. Lent, which dates back to the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D., is a 40-day period dedicated to prayer and fasting. Even and especially if you didn’t feel like it. Mary lived this. Connect with me on Inst... As Catholics, we believe that suffering unites us closer to Christ. âWe do not give the subject of evil and suffering the thought it deserves until we ourselves are confronted with tragedyâ (How Long O Lord?, 11). âOne of the major causes of devastating grief and confusion among Christians is that our expectations are false,â writes Don Carson. From that love we want to know them and see them as part of the Mystical Body of Christ. The love that Christ had for His mother is beyond anything we can conceptualize. By his wounds you have been healedâ (1 Peter 2:21, 24). I thank Him for making me more Christ-like. He looked at them through the eyes of Divine Mercy. Similarly, though he does not actively will our sufferings, he can permit them so as to bring about a greater good (see Rom. Our journey on this earth is short and it does not include the promise of a life free of suffering in this world. You may feel more vulnerable in suffering, but isolation, as safe as it may seem, is not self-protection. Join your sufferings during offertory and when the gifts are brought to the altar. In this same way, those who have been suffered for and prayed for because of their sin, those who have come out on the other side restored back to the Body and saved from their sin, are those who have the capacity of great love for other sinners in the Body who are struggling. Mary exemplified this. Part 2: Why Does God Allow Suffering? Instead of withdrawing from one another, however, Peter encourages precisely what suffering people might be prone to neglect: âAbove all, keep loving one another earnestlyâ (1 Peter 4:8). We are given the wonderful opportunity to embrace the grace of the Holy Spirit so that we may suffer well through this crisis. Until we do, we will live in a perpetual state of discord. If it does, it is not truly love. If we want to overcome our suffering, we must follow what Jesus did, which was to forgive and love others despite his circumstance and despite their not having done anything to deserve his love. While their specific suffering is not necessarily common to all Christians, it is common to many Christians around the world, and the wisdom and hope here speak just as powerfully into every kind of suffering Christians experience. So the question becomes what did she do with the suffering? . is the Director of Formation for Hard as Nails Ministries and the founding editor-in-chief of Magnificat. For example, praying for our neighbor is a smaller sacrifice, but a sacrifice nonetheless. Our existence will not end in suffering and death â they are but a gateway to our eternal life of unending joy. Abandonment, or surrender, is acquired through acts that try oneâs patience and foster perseverance. No one falls into the stunning ability to be âsorrowfulâ and yet, at the same time, âalways rejoicingâ (2 Corinthians 6:10) without first patiently, even tenaciously, seeking God. âAfter you have suffered a little while,â Peter says, âthe God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish youâ (1 Peter 5:10â11). Suffering in some form or other is the lot of every human, saint as well as sinner. Think of others and offer your suffering up for them. It is our duty to help make reparation for all sinners until they are able to come to their own personal conversion and eternal reward. In the middle of turmoil and all sorts of troubles, we can choose to see the good that God can bring and live in the knowledge that we are not separated from His love. He hasmade me new and I know God has brought me to where I am. He takes our suffering and offers it up to the Father. Heaven will strengthen you until you forget what it was like to feel weak. Cavins describes our tendency to suffer all week and then go blank during the Offertory at Mass. If we look back on our lives, we all have been helped by other parts of the Body during times of our own sinfulness. The apostle Paul blesses the âGod of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by Godâ (2 Corinthians 1:3â4). Bring Your Suffering to Mass Another tip for suffering well that Cavins offers is to bring your suffering to Mass and lay it at the foot of the Redeemer during the Offertory. Regular, disciplined Bible intake is not optional for Godâs people. Jesus knew that his passion was in God’s plan, he trusted that God’s plan was better than what his human will was telling him. As it turns out, Matt had suffered the seizure due to having a tumor on his brain. suffering. I believe that God allows me to suffer in order to help me be more Christ-like. Not in the sense that we want to control them, which comes from a spirit of control, but because we love them. We need only look at her sorrows to see the stark realization of how much she actually suffered. What has subtly displaced him as our refuge? He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. . His human will wanted to avoid the suffering, but he ultimately chose to submit to the Will of God and was obedient to that over and above his own will. As you resolve to grow and change this year, remember that good intentions without diligence will fail. When suffering comes, we often have less strength and energy, but our love for one another does not rest on our strength. He endured to the end in humble obedience to the plan of his Father. All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ. If you are in Christ, and you are suffering more than those around you, you are not as alone as you might feel. So amidst the sinful people that surrounded him that day, as well as all those who lived both before and after him, Jesus showed us how to make reparation through our suffering for the sins of others. âShow hospitality to one another without grumblingâ (1 Peter 4:7). Through our self-sacrificial love, imitating Jesus Christ in his passion and death, we too participate in the redemption of the world. Does anyone experience real joy in suffering that does not savor the preciousness of refining? All sacrifices, both big and small, are an act of love for another, where we lay down our life for our friend. Likewise, our own acts of self-sacrifice love, despite the deservedness of the other, is what makes reparation for their sinful presence within the Body of Christ. We are not meant to be in this alone. We now have three children. If we want to overcome our suffering, we must follow what Jesus did, which was to forgive and love others despite his circumstance and despite their not having done anything to deserve his love. âHumble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for youâ (1 Peter 5:6â7). We would have mercy on our broken body part, so we must extend this mercy that we would give to ourselves, to others. A person who is ready to enter into this principle has a heart and mind that is open, ready, and willing to hand over his or her wants and needs into Godâs hands without needless worry or â¦ My friend's name wasVeronica, and so my blog is named Veil of Veronica. It is repairing the damage done to the collective Body of Christ through the sinful acts of others. The shadows of suffering light the long road of sanctification like nothing else. suffering. Heâs the author of. Lean into the people God has given you, and all the more when you feel weak, fragile, and beaten down. But the promise of God is true and it is revealed once and for all through the resurrection of Jesus. For now, letâs focus on three paths to strength, stability, and hope in 1 Peter. Part 1: How to Suffer Well â Prayer (39 min.) When was the last time you prayed for someone who irritated you? The Mystical Body of Christ will heal when we understand and want the salvation of other people. And so will diligence without God. Convinced. We were baptised into one body in a single Spirit, Jews as well as Greeks, slaves as well as free men, and we were all given the same Spirit to drink. I have overcome the world.” John 16:33. Reprinted with permission of the Denver Catholic. You may assume you are less able to share and serve, but what if suffering actually made you more able? God wants it to be the fire that proves and builds our faith in him. 12:12-26; Matt. Christ told us; “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. Avoid illegitimate suffering (suffering you bring on yourself). I am a native of Maryland and grew up attendingall Catholic Schools, including the Catholic University of America inWashington, DC. Jesus suffered to show us, whatever we might suffer, how to suffer well. Before we can truly experience the good God has for us in suffering, we have to see our suffering on earth in the light of what is waiting for us in heaven. In what ways have we wandered from the narrow way that leads to life (Matthew 7:13â14)? The vast array of human beings who make up the collective Body of Christ are living in many different parts of the world and are in varying degrees of personal relationship with Christ. Our Saints showed us what this looks like. His blood bought you a family, more than can be counted, bound together by a love that cannot be measured. And it will not glorify the God who uses us all the more when we are weak (2 Corinthians 12:9). During this time, Christians across the globe reflect on the mission and suffering Jesus Christ went through for our salvation."Q&A: We must teach young people the value of suffering." We look at the Blessed Virgin, who is the perfect human being and we think, “She is perfect,” and we conclude that it must have been easy for her. I now make it my mission tospread His Love and Good News everywhere I go. – 1 Corinthians 12:12-13. We are one Body in Christ, and we do not stand alone. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith â more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire â may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Part 1: Jesus' View of Suffering (32 min.) Think about how many more faithful Christians are suffering throughout the world even today, as you read this â churches suddenly shut down in China, believers beaten and disowned by their own families in Iraq, Christians targeted and killed by terrorists in Kenya. Heaven will restore all you have lost, and more â never to be lost again. It is those saved sinners who have the duty and call to that same self sacrificial, often times hidden, love from one part of the Body to another. One freely flows from the other. suffering for the good. I pray that they are also able to suffer well. It reminds us that suffering and death are temporary conditions. Just look at the numerous stories of God’s people in scripture. 8:28), including the opportunity to serve the persecuted (see 1 Cor. Until the members of the holy catholic and apostolic church embrace the call to suffer well for the sake of a higher and eternal calling, there will be very little resistance to the forces of evil arrayed against the church. Jesus tells us and showed us that this is the greatest act of love, to lay down our lives for our friends. It is an ever weaving thread of Gods love that mends the broken parts, heals the sick parts and restores the damage done to the body, bringing it back to life. Satan wants suffering to hang like a fog over our fight for holiness, cloaking temptation and hiding our transgressions, even from ourselves. During the passion we also know that Christ forgave his accusers and executioners in the midst of his suffering. As Christians, our hope lies in what is to come, our eternity. Sign up if you would like to receive occasional treats from us. So was Eve. âKeep loving one another earnestly.â The loving charge is a thread through Peterâs letter: âHaving purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heartâ (1 Peter 1:22). But Christ knew the true state of my heartâselfish, prideful, self-exalting, irritable, impatient, entitled, and rebelliousâeven before my life began; and He still chose to love me, die for me, forgive me, and offer me new life in Him at His expense. The proper Catholic response to suffering is to say, âJesus endured far worse than this, and He didnât deserve it. With Jesus as the head and the heart of the Body, through which we are led and given life, the rest of the Body must sacrifice itself, along with the head and heart, in order to aid another part that is hurting. It means offering the time we spend in prayer for another, instead of for ourselves, or maybe spending more time in prayer than we typically do in order to offer up the additional prayers for those in need. That is the topic at hand in a recent Visitation Spirit chat room conversation. As Jesus explained it to Mary Magdalene and the disciples, those who are forgiven much, love much. Don’t waste your suffering. offer offer offer our our our our. I remember the announcement from The Village Church that Teaching Pastor Matt Chandler had suffered a seizure and was in the hospital. The nature of suffering is always a difficult topic, especially when we discuss the idea of âembracing sufferingâ as Godâs will, or as pleasing to God. Denver Catholic (March 26, 2019). She used her suffering for us. I have always identified as Catholic, but it was themurder of my friend in 2010 that brought a transforming change to my heartand made me a true disciple of Jesus Christ. The pressure of suffering has revealed that my sin is a greater problem than my trials. Either way, the pain and suffering does not negate the goodness of existing. Unconditional love is what defeats the attempts of Satan to break us down and convince us to sin because of the intense suffering that we are in. But instead of cutting them off completely, they remain through Divine Mercy. âFinally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mindâ (1 Peter 3:8). Not to mention what the prayers do for them. But did this perfection of Mary mean she didn’t suffer? 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