Last week, I plunged for the second time into the world of the Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything). I can’t tell you how many participants in the AMA posed some version of this question: How could an all-loving God possibly countenance so much violence, suffering, and pain? Most questioners turned up the heat by putting special emphasis on the suffering of children and of the innocent. Every single major theologian has wrestled with the issue, as well as many of our most important artists. And our first reading clearly indicates that people in biblical times wrestled with the very same issue.

Mass Readings

Reading 1 – Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4
Psalm – Psalm 95:1-9
Reading 2 – 2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14
Gospel – Luke 17:5-10