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Fr. Bob at pulpit during Easter Vigil

The Lord's Boot Camp

Can we see some of the things the Lord might want to teach su about adversity? He says he doesn't cause any of it, but he can use it all to mold us and to prepare us for what is to come. In any case, we are advised to rejoice when trials come because, in this way, we can be partakers in the sufferings of Jesus himself. We can even regard the difficulties of life as God's special training ground for those he loves. It is the Lord's boot camp. However burdensome the trials may be, the Lord wants us to know he has the capacity to set it right, to redeem it, and intends to do so. 

Our adversity doesn't come from God. It comes from the badly messed up world we live in. More and more, the principles and values of our world are drifting from the Lord's way. As we stand up for the one in whom we believe and what he has taught us, we will find ourselves in more clearly direct opposition to the world around us. This can mean plenty of trouble. We can come in for all kinds of harassment. Because of man's fallen state, we are to expect it. 

“We can find some encouragement in the fact that Jesus himself, in taking upon himself our human nature, experienced adversity along with us. He, of course, took a strong, prophetic stand against the ways of the world, a world that had strayed far from the original plan of God. He was misunderstood. He was falsely judged. Opponents continually sought to discredit him. He was under an intense and constant pressure from the crowds of thousands who thronged to him with their problems and wounds. He was let down severely by those he was counting on, abandoned by most of them when he needed them most. And, finally, he was taken to the Cross, dying in suffering and shame, treated as the worst of criminals.” 

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