Skip to content

Never Be Ashamed When You Suffer for Christ

By Fr. Robert J. Carr
Catholic Online

There is a line in the Suffering Servant narratives from Isaiah that seems out of place. The passage talks about the suffering servant who will be beaten and insulted, but will not be put to shame. There is a question: how that is possible?

How is it that this suffering person is not put to shame when he is treated as described in the first reading? The answer can be seen in recognizing that God is this servant's help. It gives us an understanding of vision that is central to our faith as Catholics.

There is a prevailing attitude in our culture that life is about living it to its best while you are here because you are here for only several decades, then you die. So this world becomes a place to exist and there is nothing else. This philosophy has been growing in our society more and more. So what happens is that people believe there is no life beyond this one. They believe that since this is the only life that exists on Earth then this life is for enjoying everything possible. It is about making the most money possible, owning the most things and being entertained the most. This is not a Catholic attitude. It is also not realistic. Those who seek that attitude also do so at the expense of those for whom such pleasure is not possible.

We believe something very different. That is that this life is a preparation for the next. This is where we learn about whom we truly are and how to become everything God created us to be. This is our apprenticeship to all eternity. It is not the end of our existence but only the beginning.

The suffering servant in the first reading and, of course, Jesus in the Gospel demonstrate to us an essential element of our faith. When we are focused on doing God's will regardless of the consequences, we become people who bring his grace into the world. This is our vocation as Catholics. God calls us to be his servant and to testify to his truth. This is our vocation. No matter how much we suffer, we are never put to shame because we are doing God's will; we are pleasing our creator. We are testifying to His truth.

It is time we realize that if we are going to live our faith in Christ then the attitude we see in today's first reading is the one we are called to have from our Baptism to our death. This means that we are going to be at odds with those in and outside of our Church who maintain the growing attitude in our society. However, it also means that we can give hope to those who have been excluded from the advantages by those who are capable of seeking the materialistic dream. This includes the poor, the imprisoned, the homeless, the disadvantaged and all those who do not have the power and advantages needed to pursue the vision that has grasped our country. We also testify to those who have attained all that materialism promises them and found that it is an empty gain.

Karl Marx taught that religion is the opium of the people. This is wrong, our faith gives people a hope that is beyond the ability of any nation to promise any of its people. Further, his materialistic system and the consumerism of ours that both promise nothing but material comfort to people cannot deliver on its promises to so many who do not fit the system. Those who seek and find everything the worldly system have to offer cannot find the promises of Christ. Jesus warns us of this in Luke.

This is why you need to have an attitude that others do not have. You need a vision that others do not have. That vision is one of seeking to do the will of God and all the rights and responsibilities that entails. This means that no matter how much we suffer for doing God's will, we will not ultimately be put to shame. This means that no matter how many people seek to silence our voice because they reject our belief, they will not destroy us. This means that we have a hope that they do have and a responsibility to testify to that hope.

One of the most important pieces of literature for our time is the story The Lord of the Flies which illustrates a world with no hope and that has no belief that there is anything beyond what we can see now. This is the growing attitude in our world. If you know the story, then you know that such an attitude leads to a tribal concept the breaks down into anarchy. There is only one way to fight it, that is to be beacons of hope that proclaim to those of the world around us that they are wrong in their hopeless assessment of our society.

We need to daily give of ourselves to Christ that we may testify to those around us who have no hope that there is something beyond this existence and we find it by seeking His truth. We need to embrace Christ that we may show others hope. We need to know Christ that we may lead others to eternal life. This means that we make ourselves enemies to those who reject Christ, who reject the hope he offers and who reject the life he promises. This includes the communist and the consumerist atheists. We need to understand Christ's vision for us and to embrace that vision. We then need to teach it to those who cannot embrace the false vision of this world and those who have chosen not to embrace it. As for those who have and continue to do so, Jesus told his followers in Luke, they already have their reward, ours is still to come and it is much greater.

Father Robert J. Carr is a priest for the Archdiocese of Boston.

Contact

Catholicism Anew
http://www.revrobertjcarr.com MA, US
Fr. Robert J. Carr - Priest, 617 230-3300

Email

frbobcarr@earthlink.net

Keywords

Palm Sunday, Suffering Servant, Lord of the Flies,

More Catholic PRWire

Showing 1 - 50 of 4,718

A Recession Antidote
Randy Hain

Monaco & The Vatican: Monaco's Grace Kelly Exhibit to Rome--A Review of Monegasque-Holy See Diplomatic History
Dna. Maria St. Catherine Sharpe, t.o.s.m., T.O.SS.T.

The Why of Jesus' Death: A Pauline Perspective
Jerom Paul

A Royal Betrayal: Catholic Monaco Liberalizes Abortion
Dna. Maria St.Catherine De Grace Sharpe, t.o.s.m., T.O.SS.T.

Embrace every moment as sacred time
Mary Regina Morrell

My Dad
JoMarie Grinkiewicz

Letting go is simple wisdom with divine potential
Mary Regina Morrell

Father Lombardi's Address on Catholic Media
Catholic Online

Pope's Words to Pontifical Latin American College
Catholic Online

Prelate: Genetics Needs a Conscience
Catholic Online

State Aid for Catholic Schools: Help or Hindrance?
Catholic Online

Scorsese Planning Movie on Japanese Martyrs
Catholic Online

2 Nuns Kidnapped in Kenya Set Free
Catholic Online

Holy See-Israel Negotiation Moves Forward
Catholic Online

Franchising to Evangelize
Catholic Online

Catholics Decry Anti-Christianity in Israel
Catholic Online

Pope and Gordon Brown Meet About Development Aid
Catholic Online

Pontiff Backs Latin America's Continental Mission
Catholic Online

Cardinal Warns Against Anti-Catholic Education
Catholic Online

Full Circle
Robert Gieb

Three words to a deeper faith
Paul Sposite

Relections for Lent 2009
chris anthony

Wisdom lies beyond the surface of life
Mary Regina Morrell

World Food Program Director on Lent
Catholic Online

Moral Clarity
DAN SHEA

Pope's Lenten Message for 2009
Catholic Online

A Prayer for Monaco: Remembering the Faith Legacy of Prince Rainier III & Princess Grace and Contemplating the Moral Challenges of Prince Albert II
Dna. Maria St. Catherine Sharpe

Keeping a Lid on Permissiveness
Sally Connolly

Glimpse of Me
Sarah Reinhard

The 3 stages of life
Michele Szekely

Sex and the Married Woman
Cheryl Dickow

A Catholic Woman Returns to the Church
Cheryl Dickow

Modernity & Morality
Dan Shea

Just a Minute
Sarah Reinhard

Catholic identity ... triumphant reemergence!
Hugh McNichol

Edging God Out
Paul Sposite

Burying a St. Joseph Statue
Cheryl Dickow

George Bush Speaks on Papal Visit
Catholic Online

Sometimes moving forward means moving the canoe
Mary Regina Morrell

Action Changes Things: Teaching our Kids about Community Service
Lisa Hendey

Easter... A Way of Life
Paul Spoisite

Papal initiative...peace and harmony!
Hugh McNichol

Proclaim the mysteries of the Resurrection!
Hugh McNichol

Jerusalem Patriarch's Easter Message
Catholic Online

Good Friday Sermon of Father Cantalamessa
Catholic Online

Papal Address at the End of the Way of the Cross
Catholic Online

Cardinal Zen's Meditations for Via Crucis
Catholic Online

Interview With Vatican Aide on Jewish-Catholic Relations
Catholic Online

Pope Benedict XVI On the Easter Triduum
Catholic Online

Holy Saturday...anticipation!
Hugh McNichol

Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Information
Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Services
Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

The California Network
Inspiring streaming service

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on catholic.org

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Catholic Online Singles
Safe, secure Catholic dating

The California Studios
World-class post production service

Education
Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

Catholic Online MasterClass
Learn from experts

School Teachers
Teacher lesson plans & resources

Catholic Media Missionaries
The New Evangelization

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Socials
Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.