Sometimes we hear people blaming God for evil

Clergy Corner by Fr. David A. Runnion for June 28, 2015

Clergy Corner by Fr. David A. Runnion for June 28, 2015, 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24; Psalm 30:2, 4-6, 11-13; 2 Cor 8:7, 9, 13, 15; Mark 5:21-43

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Sometimes we hear people blaming God for evil. At that moment, they are generally hurting or angry, and they fail to grasp God's true nature.

God is all good and all loving. God is life itself. The good Lord did not cause pain, suffering, and death (e.g., Wis 1:13-15). Those are tragic consequences of mankind's rebellion against God, begun when the Devil tempted our first parents in Paradise to try to be their own god (see Gen 3:1-24; Wis 2:23-24) and continued thereafter in countless additional sins against God and neighbor.

God created the human person in his own image and likeness, uniting the race to himself in perfect peace, health, and harmony, and to live with him forever (see Gen 1:26-27; Wis 2:23). Only by sinning against God did mankind lose Paradise – and life. The human race was trapped in its sad condition by its own deadly choice.

Then, in the fullness of time, God the Father sent God the Son to restore what had been lost (Gal 4:4-5). Jesus Christ – fully God and fully man – lived a life perfectly obedient to the Father, showing us how to live (see Gal 2:5-8).

While Christ was on earth, He began the process of restoring us to Paradise. His many healings, including of the woman with incurable bleeding and his raising Jairus' daughter from the dead, show what He came to do (see Mk 5:21-33).

The process of salvation of the world will be complete when Christ returns to earth; and the restoration of the fullness of life in each of Christ's followers will be manifest in Heaven and at the resurrection of the dead.

Now, we live in the age of the Spirit and the Church, when we walk by faith and with the divine assistance of the sacramental graces.

Each Sacrament administered by the Church on behalf of Christ provides what we need for our journey: cleansing from sin, and new life, via Baptism; absolution when we sin again, in Reconciliation; the heavenly food of Jesus' own Body and Blood in Holy Communion; spiritual gifts and strength to follow Christ via Confirmation; healing in the Anointing of the Sick; and grace to live out our vocation in Holy Matrimony and Holy Orders.

So, in light of His manifest grace for healing and salvation, the Lord Jesus says to us,

"Do not be afraid. Just have faith" (Mk 5:36).

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