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Distress Call


Reflection on Mass Reading for April 12, 2019

“In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice.” In some dictionary excerpts, distress is defined as extreme anxiety, sorrow or pain. Human life encounters distress all throughout the experience that we engage while on earth and the Lord knows that we must be ready and fully equipped to face whatever we must to grow and become a new creation in Christ. 

“Jesus answered them, ‘I have shown you many good works from my Father. For which of these are you trying to stone me?’” There are, however, not a small number of people who do not accept the call of grace to see things in life with the eyes of faith and then in turn blame God for every ill and problem under the sun. Because of spiritual blindness and a faithless approach to reality, they seem to actually attack God as Jesus was in the Gospel today. Our stance, especially throughout these days of Lenten Journey must be entirely different: “Sing to the LORD, praise the LORD, For he has rescued the life of the poor from the power of the wicked!” Imagine singing to God when life is hard and burdensome. Yet, that is exactly the remedy! 

Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.    Paulo Coelho

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