Capsule for the Day
If there is one man who knew the reality of suffering in all its forms and sizes is St. Paul. He was a very passionate man; full of zeal for the Lord and His work. But his gifts and talents weren't "helpful to him". They caused him more pain than gain. They attracted many adversaries. His second letter to the Corinthians tells his story, a man of sorrows.
But in spite of his many difficulties, Paul was a good man. He groaned and wept openly. He cried for help and all he got was "my grace is sufficient for you". That grace was the ability to forgive his adversaries and to know "they are not his real enemy". The real enemy is always in disguise. He comes like a trusted friend, a spouse or even siblings.
And that makes the suffering harder and unbearable. But it is inspiring how he uses his experiences to guide us. "... I have forgiven for your sake in the presence of Christ, lest satan take advantage of us; for we know his design" (2 Corinthians 2:10-11). Forgiveness is the key. When we forgive, God wins and we win too. This grace is sufficient for us.
Fr. Francis Afu