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Third Sunday of Lent

March 3, 2013

SUFFERING AS A FAMILY AFFAIR

This past week, I was giving a presentation on suffering and the problem of evil.  It brought to light, what I believe is the greatest stumbling block in our relationship with a loving, compassionate God:  simply put – why does such a God permit such suffering?

The problem is that many of us do not understand God and even less so, the ways of God.  And it is this topic that is at the heart of our readings today.

Our first reading recounts that most illustrative and imaginative story of Moses encountering God in the burning bush.  In the interchange, God reveals God’s name:  I AM.

Our Second reading and our Gospel start to offer an explanation as to why bad things happen.  First we must understand, that it is not because of our own actions.  Those who suffer are not more sinful than others.  In fact, God really offers no reason at all, only saying that we must learn to repent.

The point is that we are not meant to suffer alone and yet that is precisely what we try to do.  There is no answer to suffering, there is only meaning.  But our own conscience iS incapable of offering such meaning on our own.  We cannot understand our suffering on our own because it is not ours alone for we are part of a family.

CLICK HERE  for the readings for the Third Sunday of Lent: (Exodus 3:1-8,13-15; Psalm 103; I Corinthians 10:1-6,10-12; Luke 13:1-9)

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