Once people find out you’re Catholic, it’s like you’re the official expert on all Church doctrine. And an accomplished theologian.
At least that seems to be the assumption behind the questions you get.
One of the worst? “If God is good, then how come (insert personal loss)?” It’s one of the worst, because it means they’re really hurting.
It’s heartbreaking, because it also means they’re hurting more than they have to. Because of their preconceived ideas about God. Ideas that don’t track with who God really is.
Ideas that are separating them from God’s love and mercy. When they need it most.
Just like you and me.
All of us have preconceived ideas about God. Ideas that don’t track with who God really is. Ideas that are separating us from God’s love and mercy.
We see the cure for that in Sunday’s first reading. And in the Gospel.
We need to get rid of our preconceived ideas about God. Ideas that we may never have consciously articulated. But ideas that (for us) remake God in our own image. And leave us with something less than God.
It’s time to drop those ideas. To see who God really is. To approach God on His terms, not ours.
And to ground our relationship with God in the reality of the One who loves us all the way to Good Friday.