The Hebrew prophets constantly chided Israel for taking matters into their own hands when feeling threatened as a people, leading to foreign alliances and ensuing temptations to idolatry. The prophet Jeremiah's task before and during the Exile was to keep Judah from acting rashly from a refusal to accept the consequences of its continued infidelity, instead encouraging Judah to repent and accept the reality of its degraded situation. The Christian disciple can likewise be unwilling to accept the reality of some trial he or she is undergoing, deserved or not, thus rejecting the opportunity it presents to place one's trust more profoundly in Divine Providence. The Apostle Peter offers a good example in Matthew 14, not asking Jesus to calm the storm but rather asking him to give him the ability to stand with Jesus in the midst of the storm. Such is the opportunity every trial offers, allowed by God for the sake of our own sanctification through faith in Jesus Christ.
-Given at the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel (UST-St. Paul) on August 3, 2020