30 Sept 2017: Question God

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Memorial of Saint Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church

Reading 1: Zec 2:5-9, 14-15a Gospel: Lk 9:43b-45

Today I would like to reflect with you on the theme ‘Question God’. In today’s gospel Lk 9:45 says “They failed, however, to understand this warning; its meaning was so concealed from them they did not grasp it at all, and they were afraid to question Him about the matter.”

We often question God concerning disappointments, sufferings, and failures. We ask: Why me? How long? What’s wrong? What can I do? But we’re afraid to ask the Lord other questions like how to carry the daily cross. He wants us to ask Him about our daily cross, not to get out of it but into it. Jesus invites us to ask how we can die to self to bear fruit for His kingdom. He motivates us to pray that we may know how to suffer redemptively in the pattern of His death (Phil 3:10).

The great saints of our time often questioned God about getting into suffering and finding their joy in it (Col 1:24). Do we grasp the cross at all? (Lk 9:45) Are we afraid to question Jesus about this matter? (Lk 9:45) If we ask the hard question, I believe that we’ll get a miraculous answer. We’ll boast with St. Paul in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ (Gal 6:14). We’ll pray with St. Francis: “We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.”

As we continue to make effort to know God in our daily lives let this prayer be on our lips: Jesus keep me near the cross and help me realize that by carrying my daily cross I shall experience your grace and love.

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