When tragedy strikes, when things don’t go the way we planned; when children suffer, when we lose those close to us, especially parents who endure the death of a child, through all the atrocities mankind inflicts upon one another, the one question that always arises is – God, why do you allow this to happen?
Most people upon asking this question will quickly and mistakenly answer it the following ways: God does not exist; If He exists, He does not care, otherwise He would put an end to human suffering or prevented it.
Answered in this way, most people become angry at God and fall away from the faith. As followers of Christ, it is our duty gently lead these hurt souls back to the healing power of God’s grace. For their anger toward God is born only out of a lack of understanding and not true contempt toward God. No human can understand the ways of God.
"My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,' says the Lord.'For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways,And My thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:8-9
We need only look to the passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Mary, full of grace, chosen by God to bear and give birth to our Savior, was not spared from the anguish of having to watch her son be tortured, brutalized, and put to an agonizing death on the cross.
It is easier said than done, but as we endure the storms of life, rather than becoming upset with God, we must follow our Blessed Mother’s example and never lose faith even in the midst of the most painful experiences. God’s grace will suffice to lead us safely through the storm!
And remember, God does not bring evil upon us, sin or disobedience is the cause of all evil; God delivers us from it!
The following youtube video clip from Mel Gibson’s movie, The Passion of the Christ, gives the audience a sense of the anguish our Blessed Mother must have endured as she watched her son suffer on his way to the cross.