Sixth Sunday of Easter: Suffering for Good

“If it be God’s will that you suffer, it is better that you suffer for good deeds rather than for evil ones”

May 19, 2017

6th Sunday of Easter (Year A)
Readings: Acts 8:5-8, 14-17
1 Peter 3:15-18
Gospel: John 14:15-21

“If it be God’s will that you suffer, it is better that you suffer for good deeds rather than for evil ones” 1 Peter 3:16.
A young girl comes to a pregnancy centre, much like ours. Perhaps it was ours. Perhaps not. She has a difficult decision to make. She is pregnant and wants to know more about the baby. If she chooses to bring the baby to term, then she’ll miss her prom and people will talk about her. If she chooses to eliminate the baby’s life now, people will forget about her condition and her life will appear to go on as normal, but she knows that she will always remember the baby she had killed. She chooses to do what is right. That choice means immediate suffering, but knowing forever that the world is richer for a new life for whom she is giving birth.

If it be God’s will that you suffer, it is better that you suffer for good deeds rather than for evil ones.
Their son asks for a graduation party with all the fixings. That means he wants one with a keg and drinks. He says, “The kids are going to drink anyway, at least they will be supervised here.” They know he is right. They also know that if they don’t give in, he’ll make life difficult for them. However, they know that they can’t be responsible for what the other kids do outside their home, but they are responsible for what happens inside their house. Maybe even if they are alcohol free, the kids will drink after the party, maybe they won’t. They know they can’t win, but they also know that if they stand up to what they know is right, they can’t lose.

If it be God’s will that you suffer, it is better that you suffer for good deeds rather than for evil ones.
She really needs a better job. She knows that a few words from her in the right place would jeopardise her boss’s position. If he were gone, someone else would be moved up. Then she could see a promotion in her future. All she would have to do is say that he has harassed her. Besides, about a year and a half ago, he asked her if she’d care to have a drink with him. He’s married and has kids. She said she didn’t like to mix work with her personal life, and he never brought it up again. He has always been professional with her and a gentleman. Still, he has a bad reputation. Some say he’s a low-life, always dating other girls. Now the company is investigating him and calling her in. She needs a promotion. But she also knows it would be a lie to claim harassment. True, her chances of a promotion are limited if he keeps his position, but she decides to tell the truth.

If it be God’s will that you suffer, it is better that you suffer for good deeds rather than for evil ones.
The retired couple want to get married. When their first spouses died years ago, neither thought they would ever marry again, but they met each, grew comfortable in their relationship and decided that they would like to marry. If they do marry, they will lose some of their retirement benefits. If they just move in together, they would keep these benefits. The only thing is that they know that this is wrong. What would they tell their children and grandchildren, and even great grandchildren? How do they justify living as husband and wife and not being married after they have been the ones adamant that the faith be passed on to the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren? It looks like they can’t win. “But,” they reason, “with the Lord, we really can’t lose.”

If it be God’s will that you suffer, it is better that you suffer for good deeds rather than for evil ones.
We have to make continual choices in our lives. Many times, these choices seem to be a choice of which suffering we are going to accept. We may suffer if we choose what we know is the right thing to do. We may suffer if we choose that which we know is not right. We are fooling ourselves if we think that we will not have to answer in this life and the next for choices we know are not the best. We are forgetting what Christianity is. If we want the joy of Jesus’ resurrection, if we want the eternal life of Easter, then we first must join Him in accepting suffering for good on the cross. If it be God’s will that we suffer, it is better that we suffer for good deeds rather than for evil ones. -- By Msgr Joseph A. Pellegrino

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