In the face of confusion and darkness, the Christian disciple might be tempted to question Jesus about his purposes in our lives. Well... do it! The disciple knows that obstacles faced are opportunities to grow deeper in the life of self-entrustment to the Lord, i.e. faith in his Messiahship as preached by Paul to the people of Corinth. This deeper faith leads to deeper understanding of the Lord's place as lord of human history, and all that seems to be intended for the bad has the possibility of giving rise to the good under his hand. The only choice the disciple has is whether or not to participate in this process, and if one does then he or she might just find that even when they are grieving in the face of evil, their grief will be turned into joy.
-Given at the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel (UST-St. Paul) on May 21, 2020, Thursday of the Sixth Sunday of Easter