Why does Job have to suffer? In Old Testament times, people believed that suffering was directly connected to their conduct, and that anyone who suffered had sinned in some way. Although Job refuses to believe all this, he still has no answer to satisfy himself. Like all who suffer, he asks: “Why me?”
Job is familiar to all of us; we share his hurt, anguish and bewilderment. We’ve lived through some of his questions and some of his despair. and we still wonder: why suffering … why my suffering?
When Jesus is faced with human suffering, He doesn’t spend time questioning, He simply heals the sufferer. Not only does this comfort the one who suffers, it also gives hope to those round about.
The risen Christ no longer walks physically among us, teaching and healing. But when we bring our needs, pains and sorrows to Him in prayer, we find healing. How often does everything seem to go wrong at once? It can happen: bills pile up .. work becomes a drudgery .. I’m made redundant .. someone in the family is ill .. my child is unhappy or being bullied at school. We can ask “Why me?” – or we can turn to God, Who is waiting patiently for us.
After discussing our problems with God – whether crying or shouting in anger – we’ll get the strength to deal with them one at a time. Things may get better – or they may not. But whatever happens, God’s grace is always there for us to draw on. Trust me (and Him!)
Jesus heals and cures
Today’s Gospel tells us how Jesus cures Simon Peter’s mother-in-law. The interesting thing is not really the cure, but that she immediately starts to help others. When we receive God’s gifts in our lives, we should thank Him, knowing that He has given us those gifts so that we can go out and help others. In doing this we’re returning those gifts to Him.
Next, we notice that Jesus’ fame spreads like wildfire and He’s becoming famous. However, Jesus’ reaction is to go and find time to pray to His Father by Himself.