August 30th 2020 - A Gift You Can’t Easily Return
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The two readings focus on the death of Christ in a way that offers a rich and compelling world of thought about the thorniest issues of faith: Why did Christ suffer, and why must we suffer? The epistle’s “therefore” is a starting point to answer in the context of spiritual gifts. Is suffering a spiritual gift? We receive from God gifts of grace to live the Christian life, but the gift we all accept is baptism, which has a gift within a gift: the charism of suffering. Why? The Gospel is costly, confession is hazardous, and discipleship is demanding.