(A) Introduction. (Read the passage.) It is amazing that the first 30 years of Jesus’ life are condensed into these thirteen verses of Luke’s gospel. That is not the way of modern biographies. Some footballers have their life story written … Continue reading
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A. Wise men from the east come to honour Jesus. 1. (1-2) The wise men arrive in Jerusalem. Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East … Continue reading
Have you ever ask your self why do i suffer whiles other people live comfortable.
most often we forget our pleasures and we remember our sufferings.As we journey through this life that God has given to us, we struggle day-to-day to bring our faith in God and our humanity together. In our efforts to be faithful, one of the most difficult things for us to accept and to realize is the fact that this life is full of suffering and death. This is true even if we are faithful, even if we have truly repented of our sins, even if we have been totally faithful members of the Church, indeed, even if we are holy. This suffering and death is the result of the fallenness and sin of the world.
In a human sense, though, we want to avoid suffering. Indeed, we will do anything to prevent it, being endowed with the “fight or flight” instinct which fills us with adrenaline when it is necessary to protect ourselves from threats to our human existence. But this instinct and desire to protect ourselves and avoid suffering and death can only be temporary.
Suffering and death, realistically, are things over which we have virtually no control. Despite the ability to work out, watch our diets, go faithfully to the doctor for check-ups and prescriptions, we will one day be surprised to hear that we are ill, perhaps even unto death,yet the bible says ..we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us. (Romans 5:3-5).
If we suffer (and we will) without hope, we are tempted with despair. If we despair and there is no hope in my life for the Kingdom of God, then Dr. Kevorkian is right. Some of the church fathers defined the one sin that Jesus claimed would not be forgiven (blasphemy of the Holy Spirit) as despair. When we despair, we turn from God and do not allow Him to be effective in our lives. We even convince ourselves that He can’t affect our lives. If we don’t have hope, everything we do, even going to church and receiving the Sacraments, would be useless. “…if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain, and your faith is in vain.” (1 Cor. 15:14)
There is going to be suffering present in each of our lives and we are all going to die. But the Christian transforms the suffering and death. The story comes full circle. We were created by God for communion with Him, we destroyed His creation and ourselves, we were redeemed by His Son, and His love has been poured into our hearts by His Spirit. Hope cannot disappoint us when His Spirit fills us with His love.
Finally, St. Paul reminds us that “while we were still weak,” the Lord died for the ungodly. Jesus Christ did all of this for us before we were justified by His blood. Before we heard His word. Before we knew His Church. Before I was baptized into Him. Before I tried to struggle and live a Christian life.
But now that we are heirs of this promise, now that we have His Spirit poured into our hearts, now that we are baptized into Christ, “much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.” Christ did everything for us even before we knew Him. As St. Paul says, “if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.” (Rom. 5:9-10)
Sickness, suffering, and death are an inescapable part of this fallen, sinful world. But we were not created for this world. We were created by God for His Kingdom, where no suffering or death is present. The Christian must not wonder why there is suffering. The Christian must rejoice,smile in the suffering, giving it to God and receiving the gift of eternal life.
“1965: ‘If I Were the
Devil’ (Warning for a Nation)
Paul Harvey This speech was broadcast by legendary ABC Radio commentator Paul Harvey on April 3, 1965: If I were the Devil . . . I mean, if I were
the Prince of Darkness, I would of course,
want to engulf the whole earth in
darkness. I would have a third of its real
estate and four-fifths of its population,
but I would not be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree, so I
should set about however necessary to
take over the United States. I would begin
with a campaign of whispers. With the
wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to
you as I whispered to Eve: “Do as you please.” “Do as you please.” To the
young, I would whisper, “The Bible is a
myth.” I would convince them that man
created God instead of the other way
around. I would confide that what is bad
is good, and what is good is “square”. In the ears of the young marrieds, I would
whisper that work is debasing, that
cocktail parties are good for you. I would
caution them not to be extreme in
religion, in patriotism, in moral conduct.
And the old, I would teach to pray. I would teach them to say after me: “Our
Father, which art in Washington” . . . If I were the devil, I’d educate authors in
how to make lurid literature exciting so
that anything else would appear dull an
uninteresting. I’d threaten T.V. with
dirtier movies and vice versa. And then, if
I were the devil, I’d get organized. I’d infiltrate unions and urge more loafing
and less work, because idle hands usually
work for me. I’d peddle narcotics to
whom I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies and
gentlemen of distinction. And I’d
tranquilize the rest with pills. If I were the devil, I would encourage schools to
refine yound intellects but neglect to
discipline emotions . . . let those run wild.
I would designate an athiest to front for
me before the highest courts in the land
and I would get preachers to say “she’s right.” With flattery and promises of
power, I could get the courts to rule what
I construe as against God and in favor of
pornography, and thus, I would evict God
from the courthouse, and then from the
school house, and then from the houses of Congress and then, in His own churches I
would substitute psychology for religion,
and I would deify science because that
way men would become smart enough to
create super weapons but not wise
enough to control them. If I were Satan, I’d make the symbol of
Easter an egg, and the symbol of
Christmas, a bottle. If I were the devil, I
would take from those who have and I
would give to those who wanted, until I
had killed the incentive of the ambitious. And then, my police state would force
everybody back to work. Then, I could
separate families, putting children in
uniform, women in coal mines, and
objectors in slave camps. In other words,
if I were Satan, I’d just keep on doing what he’s doing. Paul Harvey, Good Day.
she left us ,i mean she departed so soonj afriend to all a jocking pal,let first see the meaning before concliuding ,what is departure :
A.It was a Nautical Term-
This word was used by sailors to speak of untying a ship so that it could sail. Have you ever watched a ship go over the horizon. You see it slip out of sight, but in truth that ship is still sailing even though you can’t see it. You see when a ship leaves a harbor, it will soon be entering another harbor. On this side we say goodbye, on the other side someone is saying hello!
B. It was Military Term
This word was used by the military to refer to taking down your tent in order to move to another place. The last words of Robert E. Lee were “Strike the tents.” That is just what death is, a folding up of the earthly tent in order to make a journey elsewhere.
C. It was an Agricultural Term-
The word “departure” to a farmer meant the time of day when he would take the yoke off the back of his farm animals. When he laid that burden off its back, they used the word departure to describe it.
Like a ship, our loved one today is sailing toward another port. Like a camper, they have folded up their tent, like a beast of burden, they have laid off their heavy burdens.
There are very few things in life that are harder to face than the sudden death of someone you care about. Whether it’s a friend, a sibling, or even someone you just sort of know, the loss of their life can make you feel like you have an enormous hole inside yourself.
It’s especially difficult for young people to experience the tragic and unexpected loss of a friend, because it happens at a time when you are feeling like you’re getting your life under control, and none of this “bad stuff” could happen to you. The shock of seeing that it actually can happen to someone close to you can make you feel pretty vulnerable yourself.
It also happens at a time in your life where you’re usually putting some distance between yourself and your parents, who have been your main source of support. You may feel you need them more than ever, but your quest for independence also makes you not want to depend on them too much. This can result in great feelings of confusion.
I just wanted to write this somewhere, so here is where I’ve decided to put it.
I’d known you for as long as I could remember.