Monday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time Year A; 16th January 2017
In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard for his godly fear. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; and being made perfect he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, being designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.
St Josemaría Escrivá once said, “Don’t recoil: your life is going to be a soothing of suffering. This is why you are a disciple of the Master!” We live in a world where suffering is affiliated with evil. A man who suffers is made a poor outcast not to be associated with the elite. One who suffers spiritually is probably possessed/tormented by wicked ones, we tell ourselves. Nobody wants to be a “Job” and suffer, even if it’s for a just cause-even if it’s for Christ sake. But Christ submits himself as a sacrificial lamb, He lets us know today that there can be no salvation without tribulations. Our life goals are to excel in all ramifications of life and if we were to suffer, we had better “suffer from success.” But what would be our predicament when suffering comes our way?
Jesus beckons on us to be obedient in all situations we find ourselves, especially in suffering. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. Only then can we attain perfection. Like Jesus, let us offer our prayers and supplications to our Heavenly Father with confidence that He will hear us.