Of sickness and suffering
Post date: Feb 7, 2015 1:12:43 PM
Why do innocent people suffer? Why do some people get cured, others don't? Like Pope Francis, we can only say with humility, "I don't have the answer." But this week's readings shed some light on the subject of sickness and suffering. Consider these three scenarios: In the first we could, like the masses in the Gospel, be searching for God. The quickest way for God to boost our faith is to perform miracles and give us instant cures. In the second scenario, we could be in a similar position as Job, the faultless and upright man who feared God. He was a rich man with seven sons and three daughters, and lived a lavish life. But God took everything away from him because God did not want him to be addicted to the good life. God wanted Job to realise that his present life is temporal and to depend on Him. After Job had understood that, God restored his fortune many times over. Finally God may wish for us to undergo suffering to help us empathise with the less fortunate and to increase our capacity for compassion.