We just observed Good Friday. The passion and death of Our Lord. Everyone likes Easter Sunday but to get there we must pass through Good Friday. The Glory and Triumph of the Resurrection is after the suffering and pain of the Crucifixion.
It reminds us of the great question;if there is a good and loving God where is there evil an
and suffering?We know God permits evil and suffering. We know that God did not create death,suffering,evil and sin.
God did not make death, nor does he rejoice in the destruction of the living. For he fashioned all things that they might have being; and the creatures of the world are wholesome. And there is not a destructive drug among them nor any domain of the nether world on earth, for justice is undying. For God formed man to be imperishable; the image of his own nature he made him. But by the envy of the devil, death entered the world(,Book Of Wisdom)
We can offer up our sufferings with Christ.Our offered up suffering becomes redemptive.
God permits evil and can bring a greater good out of it.
The greatest evil? DEICIDE.Creature killing creator.
The greatest good? REDEMPTION.Victory over sin and death.
God created us for love and life. That God created at all is because God IS love and life.
The Trinity is Love and Life.
Spring is a reminder to us that while sin and darkness are of the world;God's love triumphs.
Satan knows from his own fall that it is pride that can bring down man.
Satan's goal for us? DEATH.
He says this will make you feel good, this will give you pleasure,this will make your life very pleasant, this will give you everything you desire-and the end result will be death.Both in this life and for eternity.
Everything that sin offers leads to death and Satan makes sure we don't see it.
Abortion,contraception, fornication,drunkeness,drugs, adultery,pornography,euthanasia,despair that leads to suicide,
Everything about Jesus is LIFE.Jesus IS Life.
Jesus appeals to our humility,asks us to be like Him(humble),He makes sense of our suffering and gives us life.
Both in this world and the next.
Scripture says this simply.
Jesus is the way,the truth and THE LIFE.
God created man(male and female)in His image and likeness;they can create life and that life comes out of an act of love.Like God.
Even a priest or religious who choose celibacy have spiritual children because of their act of love for the sake of the Kingdom.
If Jesus had not risen from the dead the cross would be an ending. It is the pivotal and central event in Christianity.Spring shows us that after the dark and cold winter everything blooms with life.
JPII' SALVIFICI DOLORIS;ON THE CHRISTIAN MEANING
OF HUMAN SUFFERING