Who among us has never been tempted to blame God for our trials: physical suffering, emotional pain, unemployment etc? Then are we not tempted by the following thoughts or angry words: “What are you doing God, do you care?
Interestingly enough this is what we are hearing from the prophet Habakkuk: “How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, Violence! But you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds”.(1-3)
How do we think God is going to answer? We’ll find out by listening to the next few verses. Yet, in the Old Testament, the answer from God cannot really satisfy us. Is it not in Jesus Christ that the full response to our anguish and pain will be given? Is it not in him alone that we should place our total trust?
He did not become man to remove all pain and trials from our existence. He came to teach us how to use suffering in order to make our love for God more real. He came to teach us to be a servant of God by showing compassion to people who suffer.
Jesus teaches his disciples to become servants “poor in spirit”. Are we doing things for our parish and for other people just out of our love for God or also for our personal gratification? A pure charity does not seek one’s own interest as St Paul writes (1Cor.13). This is a challenging purification!
Do we understand that adoring God every day is the first “service” along with praise that is due to him as Creator? Let us believe that our existence depends on him every second of our life. Therefore isn’t the first service of God to adore Him every single day when we wake up and when we go to bed at least?
Let us then be faithful in fulfilling our daily duties under his divine gaze knowing that Jesus will reward those of us who are faithful.
Saint Teresa of Calcutta said: “God has not called me to be successful; He has called me to be faithful”.