The Necessity of Hardships

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In the first reading today from Acts 14, Paul and Barnabas tell the faithful, "It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God." Wait...this is good news?

It's an interesting point, and it begs the question: Why? Why is it necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God? For starters, Jesus never promised His disciples a life of ease. Quite the contrary. He warned them many times about what they would encounter when they followed Him. He wasn't kidding.

Can you imagine a life without hardships? If everything broke our way all the time and live was easy, what need would there be for faith in God? Hardships can (and should) help us strengthen our "faith muscles." They teach us the importance of relying on God. So in the end, undergoing hardships is actually good for us. Thus, the necessity.

Father, may the hardships we face today help us grow in strength and faith. Amen.

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1 comment

  • jan jones: May 13, 2020

    Very sad that Gus is convinced America needs to reopen and that stay at home directives are simply reactionary and exaggerated. Gus needs to apply for a job at Fox News, where he and Betty Devos and other conservatives who are losing money can push for the dollar at the expense of the soul. You have no business on a Catholic, religious based radio program.
    Sick of the underlying political ilk.

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