The Gospel this Sunday introduces us to a man born blind. Jesus' disciples ask: "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus has a beautiful answer: "Neither he nor his parents sinned; it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him."
Why is there suffering and illness in the world? It is so that the works of God might be made visible. When we encounter suffering, it draws love out of us. When there is a natural disaster, it pulls love out of us and unites us together. When a child is born with an illness, it pulls love out of the parents, the siblings, out of their neighbors and out of their Church to care for that child. There is suffering and illness in the world because these crosses make the works of God visible when we embrace and help each other carry our crosses. Suffering gives us the opportunity to reveal our love and compassion.
When the man born blind was healed, he was not the only one whose eyes were opened. Jesus' work of mercy revealed that He was the Son of God. It also revealed how to see God by loving those who suffer.
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