“When Christians Suffer" - John 17:1-17 & 1 Peter 4:12-19 - (May 24, 2020 - Seventh Sunday of EASTER)
Glory and suffering don't go together naturally. In our culture we have the phrase NO PAIN, NO GAIN. All the responsibility for gain and glory in our culture is through our own suffering. And, when we don't get the glory we think we should - many would say it is because we didn't have enough pain in the training, or whatever. We are bent on thinking that our glory comes at our own expense, our suffering and pain. If we endure we will get the prize. But what if we don't? I mean, does our pain and suffering "guarantee" the glory? In no way. Many people make the ultimate sacrifice without the glory. So if that's the way it is in our society, how is it any different from the Christian? Well, it is. Jesus, St. Paul and St. Peter tell us why suffering is a part of the glory we experience "in Christ". Find out why Christians find glory even in suffering.