October 17 - One Bread, One Body
October 17, Twenty Ninth Sunday Ordinary Time
Cycle B Readings:
1) Isaiah 53:10-11
Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20, 22
2) Hebrews 4:14-16
Good and bad suffering
"Through His suffering, My Servant shall justify many, and their guilt He shall bear.'” — Isaiah 53:11
The Lord removes some sufferings from our lives to make room for other sufferings which are redemptive. He heals us to free us to be vulnerable and exposed to hurt. He gives us the grace to love ourselves, so we have courage to be hated and persecuted for the sake of the Gospel (see 2 Tm 1:8). He blesses us with self-acceptance and a good self-image so we will be able to suffer rejection and contempt.
Jesus wants to forgive and heal us, and thereby deliver us from all useless suffering. “He went about doing good works and healing all who were in the grip of the devil” (Acts 10:38). Jesus has declared war on sickness, suffering, and bondage. “It was to destroy the devil’s works that the Son of God revealed Himself” (1 Jn 3:8).
This does not mean that suffering has no part in God’s plan of salvation. Suffering in the pattern of Jesus’ death is good, redemptive, and to be sought after in prayer (Phil 3:10). This suffering is for the kingdom (2 Thes 1:5) and fills up what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ for the sake of His Body, the Church (Col 1:24).
Prayer: Jesus, I ask to suffer and know how to suffer in the pattern of Your death (Phil 3:10).
Promise: “For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to sympathize with our weakness, but One Who was tempted in every way that we are, yet never sinned.” —Heb 4:15
Praise: “Indeed, this is the will of My Father, that everyone who looks upon the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life. Him I will raise up on the last day” (Jn 6:40). Praise Jesus!
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