NOVENA OF TRUST - Day Twenty
"That my suffering, united to Your own, will bear fruit in this life and the next. - Jesus, I trust in You."
As I sit here with today's reflection, I am struck by how much there is to unpack in this offering - ...my suffering....this life and the next....Jesus, I trust in You!
Living in a world that can be so loud at times is in itself a suffering for many of us striving to be "in the world, not of the world."
Suffering - suffering today is not counted as worthy or redemptive. Suffering today is rejected and often times desired to be overcome at any (and all) cost. Horrible laws are passed to assist with this!
Where would we be if Jesus had not accepted His suffering?
Can we learn to trust that our suffering, united with our Lord's has a purpose?
...this life and the next...
We certainly live in a world where focus is on this live and not very much thought is given to "the next." So many people today profess no belief, profess no faith, yet when something happens and someone dies you often hear them talking about Heaven and the person resting in Heaven. This always makes me ponder, pray for them and trust, but ponder just the same. If they didn't want God in this life....
Maybe that is where we come in? Who is our suffering for?
When I was a child any time you faced a hardship you would hear, "Offer it up." We don't know the merits that come from our suffering and our suffering well. Is our suffering our path to Heaven or the path for someone we love? We don't know, WE TRUST and we offer!
Not too long ago my 90 year old Stepmother used a phrase that I had never heard but loved instantly. As we walked down the hall she stopped, looked at me and said, "My hip is killing me today. But, oh well, it belongs to the Church."
Offer it up, but in beautiful words - IT BELONGS TO THE CHURCH!
It belongs to our brothers and sisters in Christ.
We certainly should take today's petition to our own personal prayer and see where the Lord leads our understanding. What is His message for us personally? What are we suffering through? Whatever it is, it belongs to the Church.