The Scripture readings this weekend help us tackle the reality of suffering and the presence of God in the midst of it. There is no doubt that the Pandemic has brought suffering and hardship to many people. Very few people have been left unscathed by the challenges that this time brings. Questions continue to be asked: Why do people suffer? Where is God?
In the first reading we meet Job, the holy man of God who is inflicted with suffering and tries to make sense of it all. God seems to have abandoned him and yet, clinging to God is his hope.
The healing of Simon's mother in law by Jesus in the gospel, and the account of the crowds of people who come after sunset for healing, show the compassion and tenderness of God's beloved Son. He truly enters into the darkness of peoples lives and does not abandon them. His own acceptance of the darkest hour of suffering on the cross brings a healing and peace that will transcend all human suffering.
How keen are we to crowd round the door where the Lord is present in our lives? Are we eager to bring others to him with their questions, pain and sufferings at this time?