29th Sunday of the Year – The Cup of Suffering – Catholic Inspiration

Three Great Things

Fr. Andrew’s 29th Sunday of the Year Homily Podcast

Jesus Christ shows us that suffering is a pathway, not a destination.  Through suffering we experience a purification – whereby we grow and discover new insights through the process of challenge, pain, and difficulty.  God permits suffering that we might be changed…for the good.  For remember: the suffering of Good Friday will be transformed into the joy of Easter Day.

We are thus consoled and challenged by these words.  Consoled, in that we take hope that the triumph of Christ on the Cross will one day be our triumph.  He understands our suffering (he’s already been through his own) and we can cling to his mercy and grace.

Challenged, in that we are invited to drink from the cup of suffering.  Like Christ, we pray that the cup will pass by, but like Christ we will accept what God sets before us – opening our hearts to God and allow this process to transform us.

About Fr. Andrew Ricci

A Catholic priest since 1997, Fr. Andrew Ricci is currently the rector of the Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior, WI. His website "Three Great Things" can be found at studyprayserve.com and his podcasts can be found under "Catholic Inspiration" in the iTunes store. View all posts by Fr. Andrew Ricci

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