Why me? Why so much pain? Why do I have to suffer? Why is it so inconvenient? I cannot go out with friends. I don’t have a normal life like other people. I cannot have my normal routine back.
These are my regular rant of complaints. On some especially bitter days, I’d say, did I do something wrong to cause my suffering? Is it my fault? Is it my family members’? My situation? My surroundings?
But Fr. Anthony Ho has a better take on suffering than my rants can offer. Suffering is a result of original sin because we are devoid of our original state of Holiness (the fall of man in the book of Genesis 3).
Jesus was born to partake of our human nature, to partake of our human suffering particularly His suffering on the cross. Suffering on the cross was not necessary for Him but is necessary for us as the natural consequences of our sins. Love and sacrifice cannot be separated.
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