Jesus calls everyone
Indeed, you have already experienced disappointment. When you were in the right, and the untruth won. It often hurts to state: “I have no acquaintance, no protection, no money to notice, and therefore those who have this, there is nothing missing.”
But one will not disappoint us. It is Jesus who does not promise benefits here on earth, does not promise paradise on earth, but when we are tired, let us repeat the words of the Gospel: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavily laden, and I will strengthen you. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am mild-tempered and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your soul. My yoke is pleasant, and my burden is light” (Mt 11: 28-30). Jesus’ words sound strange. The burden – and allegedly light? Sure. After all, Jesus said of himself, “I am the truth.” Jesus cannot lie. When we believe in Jesus’ words, we quickly become convinced of their truthfulness. If we were fully committed to Christ, we could whisper the name of God as a prayer instead of insults in misery, unhappiness, and sorrow. And even the body seems to receive the strength that was the reward for our faithfulness to Jesus’ words.
Every disease and suffering from any kind is a consequence of inherited sin and our sins. Therefore, we should pay special attention to the advice given to us by the great worshipper of the crucified Jesus Christ – St. John of the Cross, in the book Lovers of the Cross, where he writes that we desire a purgatory for our sins here on earth because we cannot imagine the pain after death when we will be prevented from seeing God face to face for our sins. Many of you know some of his words in part from the practice of life. To understand how to accept the cross without grumbling, grumbling, asking, “Why me ?! What should I suffer for?” To learn to live without remorse that he who does not go to church, who does not pray, is better …. Let us know to whisper the words that the Lord Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane: “Well, not mine, but you will !” (Lk 22:42). And these words will give us a boost in suffering. Paul the Apostle experienced many afflictions, difficulties for the name of Jesus, and therefore, to our encouragement in such moments, he wrote to us: “I know whom I have believed, and I am sure” (2 Tim 1:12). What is Paul sure about? Indeed, what he does in connection with Christ is not done in vain. It will be his reward one day. This is how we understand his last words: “I fought a good fight, I kept my faith, a wreath is ready for me”… I know a single young woman. She could not marry because of her illness. Whoever sees her for the first time and knows about her illness would like to regret her, but this is only a moment because this young woman can masterfully spread a special power of joy, satisfaction around her. He can grit his teeth when he suffers; he does not complain; he can distribute, from his suffering, not the fruit of joy. Many people, therefore, entrust their difficulties to her; they ask for prayer. These are lived words in practice, which Christ said in the Gospel: “For my yoke is pleasant, and my burden is light” (Mt 11: 28-30).
At our crosses, let us realize that we are offered great graces at the same time. Let us also try to understand our proverb, which we must correctly explain: “Whom the Lord God loves, he visits him with a cross.” Let us not always understand suffering and crosses as punishment for our sins. We will surely realize that what was often unpleasant, demanding, saved us from many sins, falls, perhaps even from eternal damnation. How many conversions, returns to God did suffering and understanding bring? One typically forgets when one is young, healthy, prosper, but what if illness comes? Only faith can give the correct answer to the question – “Why should the sick suffer their whole lives? What kind of life is it to be strapped to the bed for years?” Even such a life is not useless. Such a life also has value. Faith speaks of life after the truth. I believe in eternal life; this is how we pray in prayer. I believe in God. And this is what we must learn to accept, live, and do God’s will. He who understands suffering in this way will never be disappointed. However, one who does not understand the meaning of life in connection with God will be disappointed. “But he that denied me before men, even I will deny before my Father, which is in heaven” (Mt 10:33).
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