O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Love is Found in Suffering, Not Comfort.

Today's Gospel for the Twentieth-ninth Tuesday after Pentecost:
 
Luke 21:12-18
"At that time, the Lord said, But before all these things, they will lay their hands upon you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and into prisons, dragging you before kings and governors, for my name' s sake. And it shall happen unto you for a testimony. Lay it up therefore into your hearts, not to meditate before how you shall answer: For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to resist and gainsay. And you shall be betrayed by your parents and brethren, and kinsmen and friends; and some of you they will put to death. And you shall be hated by all men for my name' s sake. But a hair of your head shall not perish."

Christ never said, "Following Me will make you comfortable and I will make it so that you are happy and that you and the people around you will never be uncomfortable or offended." No...He said the exact opposite: "Take up your cross and follow Me...they will lay their hands upon you, and persecute you...Blessed are they that suffer persecution...Blessed are ye when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you, untruly, for my sake" There's your "feel-good" Beatitudes. Christ only promised us suffering, penance, and being persecuted for the Faith. Sanctity is found in suffering for the faith. Suffering is what joins us to God because it was on the cross through suffering that Christ revealed Himself and His Love to us. It is suffering that joins us to Christ because is it suffering that Christ uses to reveal His Love. If you love someone, you will suffer for them. If you don't, you won't. It's as simple as that. Christ never revealed Himself or His Love by making people comfortable and making sure they were never offended. Love isn't found in comfort (that would be lust); it is found in suffering.