These are very difficult times we are in right now. As the Coronavirus makes its way across the world, many people suffer from the symptoms: fever, cough and respiratory problems. The Coronavirus is similar to the flu, but deadlier. Anyone who has had the flu knows how bad the flu can make you feel. Add the fear of no remedy, treatment or vaccine, coupled with the ease of transmission that the Coronavirus offers and we are truly brought to our knees. It is at times like this that we can offer our suffering with Christ; uniting our suffering to Christ’s suffering on the Cross.
Suffering with Christ
The social distancing that we currently experience can make us feel isolated and lonely. No one is comfortable with such a lifestyle. We all want it to end quickly, so that we can get back to normal, or a “new normal.”
This whole experience is antithetical to how God created us. He created us to be social beings; to live in community with each other. So, when called to stay at home, shelter in place, etc. this goes against all that is natural to us. And for that, we experience a sense of suffering. But, as Saint Pope John Paul II always said, “be not afraid.” Know that God never leaves your side. He is omnipresent – present everywhere. God is with each of us during this time of social distancing. He understands our loneliness and emotional suffering. Jesus can relate all too well. Remember what He said while praying in the Garden of Gethsemane?
My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not as I will, but as you will (Matt 26:39). He was in such agony and he prayed so fervently that his sweat became like drops of blood falling on the ground (Luke 22:44).
Does dying on the Cross sound like something Jesus was gung-ho to do? Not! Yet, He put the will of the Father ahead of His own and suffered on the Cross for us.
Unite Our Suffering with Christ
So, now it’s our turn to suffer a little for the benefit of the common good. We can do this, with the help of Christ. We will get through this ordeal – God willing – and come out on the other side, better appreciating suffering with Christ; appreciating our family, friends, and neighbors, as well as life in general. Hang in there, knowing God is with you. Dedicate your suffering to Him. In return, He will give you His Grace.
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