Wisdom Learned Through Hardships
In our gospel today Jesus says these words to Peter: “You are not thinking as God does, but as humans do.” These words were said because Peter wanted to prevent Jesus from going to Jerusalem where he said he would be killed. From a human perspective, that seems appropriate for we would all like to avoid pain and suffering. However, quite often the very worst situations of life often become the most powerful occasions of transformation. In themselves, there is nothing redemptive about divorce, the breakup of a friendship, the loss of one’s home or one’s health or one’s job. Subjected to hardships of one kind or another, we find it difficult to have anything positive to say about those experiences. Often we become trapped in anger or self-pity, asking “Why me?” or simply “Why?”
In retrospect, however, we often begin to recognize that difficult events can teach us about compassion, encourage us in our dependency on God and leave us with wisdom not to be learned from any textbook. Life hurts and we cannot avoid the path of pain, but how we walk it makes all the difference in terms of our spiritual growth and healing. During the COVID-19 days each of us have had to face some difficult situations and circumstances. Churches being closed is a hardship but the growth of the domestic church has been a blessing. What other ways have these challenging times led to our growth?
Please remember that Jesus walked the path to his death in Jerusalem, a journey of hardship and suffering, but a path to eternal life for each of us. Blessings.