The last two days have been filled with news of dying. One is a young woman, 22 years old, lying brain dead in a hospital after an accident. She is a friend of my daughter's and at any time they will decide to remove her respirator. At Mass this morning I was praying for her and her sister and friends who are trying to make some sense of htis tragedy and support each other. And of course, I kept asking "why does God allow this to happen?"
And clear as a person's voice I heard, "He doesn't allow it, but is there with us and helps us heal." As Mass began, I heard the Gospel, which is Jesus teaching the apostles to pray the "Our Father." As I listened to the words, I realized that God is very near to us always and ready to give us what we need. Suffering in this world occurs not because God allows it but rather, it is a part of the human condition. We gain nothing by asking "why" but so much when we ask God to be with us and help us reach out to those in need.
I am not going to list the suffering I have witnessed this week, there is enough, I'm sure, in your life and the world.
God's will is not that we suffer or watch those we love suffer. His will is to reach out, draw us close, and comfort us. Sometimes he uses us to help those who are suffering; other times those who are suffering help us. I am slowly learning to not ask "why" about suffering, but to pray and seek God's will for me in the suffering.