WK20C (2016) (Heb 12:1-4)

Pain and suffering, of course, comes to everyone, whether we are good, bad, or indifferent. Scott Peck in his book, “The Road Less Traveled”, begins by saying something very profound: “Life is Difficult.” Actually, that’s not the profound part. What is profound is the truth that once we accept life is difficult, it’s not so difficult. Yet, it’s not the difficulties of life that cause us pain and suffering but the attitude we take toward them. When God doesn’t make things go our way, we have to trust that God has a better plan, a plan that we don’t yet see. The reading from Hebrews gives us the example of Jesus. To all intents and purpose, that first Good Friday was an absolute catastrophe. Jesus was in the view of the people a total failure when He died on the cross. But, we know, that God had a plan and Jesus is the ultimate victor. He now sits at God the Father’s right hand. So, don’t grow despondent but keep alive the hope of eternal joy that God has promised to those who are faithful to Him.

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