In sickness and suffering

Are you in pain? Seek God.

In today’s Gospel reading, the people “scurried” about the surrounding country to bring their sick to Jesus so that they may be healed. Without any other way, without any other hope of being healed, they went to Jesus.

They scurried about the surrounding country and began to bring in the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. — Mark 6:55

Illnesses have a way of bringing us back to God. My wife’s post yesterday reminded me of a paragraph in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC):

Illness can lead to anguish, self-absorption, sometimes even despair and revolt against God. It can also make a person more mature, helping him discern in his life what is not essential so that he can turn toward that which is. Very often illness provokes a search for God and a return to him. — CCC Paragraph 1501

Are you suffering from any affliction — physical, emotional, or spiritual? Do you have a friend or a family member who is sick?

Sometimes, God allows sufferings so that we will go back to Him and seek Him in our affliction.

Put your hope and peace and joy in God and surrender to His will.

For many of us who are not sick, let us also not wait for sickness and suffering before we turn back to God. Let us also bring God to those who are sick with the strength that God has given to us.


P.S. My wife and I are in the fifth month of our pregnancy. Because of my wife’s delicate condition, there is a huge chance of losing our baby. We even had to undergo surgery just to minimize that chance. But in our suffering, we sought God even more and, honestly, I feel that I have grown a lot — in faith and as a person — from our suffering. I have never prayed and trusted like I do now. And never have I been more content, appreciative, and grateful for what I have — especially for the days that our baby is still with us. Because of our sufferings, I also get reminded of what truly matters. Thank you for your prayers for us and our baby.