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5th Sunday in Ordinary Time – February 8, 2015

February 1, 2015 Bulletin


By:  Margaret McCarthy

 In today’s reading no one knows suffering like Job.  He was an upright and good man but looses everything.  Even his wife and friends turn against him.  Anyone in his situation would feel depressed, discouraged and totally helpless.  But Job never gave up on God; he was able to complain to God and somehow he believed that he was being heard.  No life, no matter how privileged it is can escape the experience of suffering.  Truly, suffering is a mystery and something we may never understand.

 This week I found myself contemplating human suffering in my own life.  Two weeks ago we buried our nephew’s young wife who died at 38 years of age from a heart attack.  This week we buried our cousin at 58 years of age from liver cancer.  How the families have suffered.

 Our world’s way of dealing with suffering, is to take a pill, work more, drink more, cut ourselves off from our families, or pretend that everything is great.  Jesus’ way of dealing with suffering, was by being with the suffering (Simon’s mother-in-law and the many who were sick and possessed), he cried with them, (when Lazarus died) he was close to the broken hearted and to those who were rejected by society (the lepers).

 When thinking about this it became very apparent to me that I would never understand the “WHY” people suffer – it’s a mystery to me.  What then how was I to respond?  It became clear that I needed to cry with them; I needed to be near them, embrace them during this time of deep loss.  There was no pill that would ever fix the pain.

 As the families met and embraced each other there was a closeness, a bond that one could not explain.  Maybe in a sense it is something of what Padre Pio experienced when he wrote:


“O What precious moments these are.
It is a happiness that the Lord gives
Me to relish almost always in moments of affliction.
At these moments, more than ever, when the
Whole worlds trouble weighs on me.
I desire nothing other than to love and to suffer.
Yes my Father, even in the midst of so much suffering
I am happy because it seems as if my heart is
Beating with Jesus’ heart.”

Bulletin – Feb 8, 2015




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