September 11, 2023, Monday in the 23rd Week in Ordinary Time-B

Colossians 1:24-2:3

Psalm 62

Luke 6:6-11

Now, I rejoice in my suffering…  Colossians 1:24

Lord, we remember this day as a sorrow filled day in the history of our country. Much suffering occurred on this day in 2001. One thing we can count on in life is varying degrees of suffering.  From the infant’s crying from hunger to the death bed, we suffer. Some greatly and constantly, others less.  It is a great mystery why we have so much suffering, why you permit it and its purpose. While on earth you healed many of their sufferings as I believe you do today. But it just seems to come with the territory. St. Paul’s response to the suffering he endured for preaching your good news was joy. He saw a higher purpose and meaning in the trials and difficulties he suffered for you.  Many saints and martyrs greeted their sufferings with a joy-filled attitudes. Lord, I don’t think I’m there yet. But with your grace I can grow in joy each day even when heartbreak comes. Lord, I lift up to you all my sufferings and joys of this day. I offer myself to you as you did for me.  Please welcome into your kingdom all those who died on this day.  Amen.