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We often hear people ask “Why do bad things happen to good people?” I can think of a lot of reasons why, but Jesus gives us an answer in the Scrutiny Year A readings which are optional for this Sunday. Jesus says that the man born blind wasn’t blind because of his sin or his parent’s sins. He was blind so that God can work through him. Whether God heals us or not, we can still glorify God. We can praise Him when heals us and lifts our burdens, and we can still praise Him amidst our struggles, knowing that He’s close to us.
In the moment, we might be blind as to why we have to carry our crosses, but hindsight is 20/20. Like the man born blind, sometimes we understand why God allowed us to suffer after He heals us. In the moment, however, it’s often more difficult to embrace our suffering and find meaning in it.
When I experienced spiritual comparison in college, I questioned why God would allow me to go through it. I felt abandoned by Him when I spent months in spiritual desolation feeling hopeless and defeated. Now, I understand why I had to go through these sufferings. In a strange way, these trials strengthened my faith. I learned a lot and grew so much. Moreover, I understood how to relate to people going though spiritual comparison or desolation.
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When Jesus heals the man born blind, He tells him to go to the Pool of Siloam, which means sent. By healing the man born blind, Jesus sends him out to share what He has done for him. He became a witness to Jesus, and people came to know Him through his testimony. In other words, the man’s burden turned into his mission. So did mine with comparison and desolation. After Jesus took away the pain I felt, He sent me forth. Now, I pour my heart into showing people going through spiritual comparison and desolation that they’re not alone. They’re still beloved children of God, and they can still strive for holiness. I share my story in hopes that my testimony can help others stay rooted in the Father’s love.
We’ll all have to pick up our crosses and suffer in this life, but when we turn to Jesus, He redeems us. We might not understand why theses crosses were chosen for us, and we might not fully grasp our mission, but we can start with glorifying Jesus at all times. The man born blind was a living witness to Jesus’ goodness and glory. Let’s look to his example and praise the Lord through our suffering and our healing.
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