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Today’s Reading: Luke 22:42
How should we face suffering? Many complain, others are poorly prepared, and still others gnash their teeth.

It is always best to be prepared for the difficult hours of life. For example, when someone leaves the safety and comfort of his home to venture into a storm, he or she must wear appropriate clothing to better resist the ravages of wind and rain.

We must also be prepared to face the suffering. The first temptation we have, in the hour of suffering, is having doubts about the wisdom, power and love of God. The love of God enfolds us in the most difficult hours and fills us with strength, courage and understanding. His love makes us steadfast and invincible.

Christ is an example for us. He faced suffering with humility and determination. He said, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”

By following the example of Jesus, we will not flee from suffering, but we will face it with faith, serenity and perseverance.

In the hour of suffering we must say: “Lord, in this hour of suffering, give us courage and faith, serenity and confidence, to comfort those who suffer around us; certainty and understanding, to see in suffering an opportunity to grow and fellowship with you, in Jesus name. Amen.”

Ildefonso Torres