A Paradox of Faith

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Today in our readings, we see one of the great paradoxes of our faith. In the first reading, we hear Paul and Barnabas telling the people, “It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God.” Not a real popular message, I’m sure. In the Gospel reading from John 14, Jesus says to his disciples, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.”

One may readily assume that these two concepts are mutually exclusive. Peace. Hardship. Like oil and water. The two don’t coexist, right? If you have hardship, you don’t have peace. And if you have peace, you must not have hardship. Right? Well, not necessarily. Now, this can certainly be the case. And I think for most, it indeed is the mindset. But in those who are truly in tune with the Spirit, like many of the great saints, we see that the two can coexist.

This is one thing that I, for one, admire greatly in people. Have you ever met someone who seems to have such peace, even in the midst of some of the worst storms life has to offer? These are people who know what it means to trust God; to believe that He truly is in control. Acts today lets us know that hardships are not something that is negotiable. They’re coming; on that we can bank. The peace part is really up to us. It is there for the taking. We just need to trust and believe to find it.

Father, help us to bear the hardships that will inevitably come our way. Give us the faith and trust in Jesus that brings peace in the midst of the hardships. Amen.

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  • Emily : May 05, 2021

    This really resonated with me and was exactly what I needed to hear this morning. Thank you Gus.

  • Brian McCormack: May 05, 2021

    Hi Gus, Your radio program is great and on point. Thank you for discussing and taking on these tough issues we are facing today. We need to get some bishops to listen and stop hiding. The church and country are in crisis, we must face the challenges and I believe you bring these issues to the people. Blessings. Brian

  • Vincent Enright: May 05, 2021

    Bishop Fulton J Sheen in his "Way of the Cross, 4th Station writes: “Teach me Mother to see that Jesus calls to suffering those who He loves.” The hardship is our suffering; the peace comes from our knowledge of the infinite and abundant love Jesus has for us.

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