When we think of suffering, we might think of physical suffering – pain, hunger, thirst, torture, persecution, etc. Honestly, it’s things that most of us in the U.S. don’t encounter on a daily basis.
As followers of Christ, we can unite ourselves to Him in our suffering.
“By his passion and death on the cross Christ has given a new meaning to suffering: it can henceforth configure us to him and unite us with his redemptive passion.” (CCC 1505)
But, what do we do when we don’t suffer in the ways mentioned above?
This is a question I’ve grappled with in my own life. And on the one hand, you can intentionally embrace suffering through fasting, penance, cold showers, etc. (like in Exodus 90).
But, it’s also true that not all suffering is physical. Christ Himself suffered agony, humiliation, betrayal, abandonment.
For us, there are also other forms of suffering: emotional, spiritual, financial, social, etc. Though all kinds of suffering are difficult, we shouldn’t let these times pass without seeing them for what they are: opportunities.
All of our suffering is a chance to unite ourselves to Christ in His passion and death. Don’t waste that.