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What an excellent video from Father Barron, Mark. (Of course, that probably goes without saying as all of his videos are.) I was truly astounded by his comparison about how the Church everyday holds up the image of the mocked, crucified Christ when, in other religions, such a thing would be not only inconceivable but downright blasphemous. Remarkable point.
Heck, its so scandalous that Protestantism rejected it for a sanitized cross. Islam, which regards Jesus as a prophet, finds it so blasphemous that they reject the idea that he was crucified at all.
Peter Kreeft has some awesome talks that touch on the same subject as well. Fr. Barron is excellent here, as usual.
Didn’t you mean this other video?
Father Barron’s explanation of Jesus’ Redemptive Suffering and the Book of Job have been helpful to answer this centuries-old question. How coincidental that this subject appears now since it’s been on my mind a lot lately.
The fact that we have the capacity to recognize suffering is the first step in becoming an instrument of God’s love and justice to those who suffer. I have not seen Stephen Fry’s viral rant but I’ve had the same questions about why children suffer.
The interior answer that I received after prayer was this: It is far too easy for us to accuse God, whose thoughts are not our thoughts and whose ways are not our ways, of not acting the way that we demand that He should act, or to mock God as those who crucified Christ did when they said that “let God rescue him now if He delights in him.” The mockers were willing to cause (or participate in) the suffering that they accused God of not stopping, but it was in their human power not to cause suffering in the first place, or to help ease it.
If I see suffering but do not myself act in the world to ease others’ suffering, how can I dare accuse God when I am indifferent to others’ plight? Demanding an easy magical fix to suffering would allow me to ignore or mistreat people (because “God will fix it”), and allow me to refuse God’s call to love and serve others.
We cannot demand God be responsible to us while we lack responsibility to each other.
Another excellent reply to Mr. Fry: