One of the most difficult questions that we are posed on a regular basis is. “If God loves us so much, why is there so much suffering in the world?” Especially when the person asking it is someone who has experienced serious suffering him- or herself, it is virtually impossible to give a satisfactory answer. Not because there isn’t one, but because from a suffering human perspective it is almost impossible to take a step back and consider suffering objectively. At moments like that, faith truly becomes a matter of ‘faith in’, of trust in God.
On Saturday, Bishop Edward Slattery of Tulsa addressed this very topic in a homily in Washington, a homily picked up by a number of blogs and heralded as a great piece of work. Bishop Slattery shines a light on suffering as the ultimate way in which Christ makes Himself present in our lives. Suffering strips away a lot, our comforts and sometimes our humanity, but in Christ it becomes nothing more (or less) than Christ revealed. From this, the bishop continues on to some good points about obedience, points worth prayerfully reflecting upon.
Father Z has a transcript with his usual emphases. He also offers an audio recording.
I also have the homily available in Dutch here.
A recommended read (or listen)!