Are you suffering? Rejoice

Whenever we suffer, let us rejoice because it is through suffering that we can receive the blessings of growth, perseverance, endurance, faith, love, and character.

In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus reminds us that following Him entails going through what He went through — including suffering.

“Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him.” — John 13:16

Whenever we suffer, especially for the sake of the Gospel, let us rejoice because, like our Master who suffered, we have the privilege to suffer for the sake of His kingdom as well. Let us also take courage in how He overcame His own sufferings and even death.

Whenever we suffer, let us rejoice because it is through suffering that we can receive the blessings of growth, perseverance, endurance, faith, love, and character.

Whenever we suffer, let us rejoice because through our sufferings, others can find blessing. They can find inspiration, hope, and courage in how we remain faithful in the midst of our trials. Like how we find inspiration, hope, and courage in how Jesus remained faithful in the midst of His passion and death. Like how we find joy and hope in His resurrection.

Whenever we suffer, let us rejoice because it allows us to participate in the sufferings of Jesus Christ and of His Church. Through our sufferings, we learn to empathize with what many of our brothers and sisters are going through.

“Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body, which is the church.” — Colossians 1:24

Rejoice in your sufferings.


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