“Hardship and struggle” a reflection of the Gospel, Mark 6:30-34
“30. Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and they had taught. 31. And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while”. For there were many coming and going and they did not even have time to eat. 32. So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves. 33. But the multitudes saw them departing, and many knew Him and ran there on foot from all the cities. They arrived before them and came together with him. 34. And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and he was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So he began to teach them many things.”
We all get to a point in our lives when we ask ourselves, “and now what?”. Apparently this question comes to us in the most difficult times, in those times of crisis when we think we have been left to our own. When we have done everything possible to change whatever it is that is disturbing us, but we still feel unsatisfied with the results. We may reach this point after a break-up, the loss of a loved one, or even the consciousness of injustices around us. We may feel powerless to change things around. We ask ourselves, “now what?”.
Let us gather around Jesus once again. It is ok to admit we feel lost sometimes or as Mark puts it as a “sheep without a shepherd”. We may not run after Jesus’ boat nowadays to search for answers, but we can go to the Bible. As part of the Gospel, Mark later tells us how Jesus fed the people with bread and fish, though this is not what we may find today. We may be nourished in a different way.
I do not mean that we should go to the Bible and expect a miracle to fix all our problems. Instead, go to the Bible for the teachings that Jesus left us. Let us confirm all of our values and strengthen our faith so it will eventually clear our path and will help us go through our adversities.
The answers to our problems may not be written down in the Bible, but in its verses, we will find the strength we need to keep going. We will find the strength to overcome all hardships. And “now what?” After going to the Bible, the question is still there, but now we are stronger persons facing it, with a clearer vision of how life should be.
Let us remain humble and innocent, for our struggle will remain genuine in God’s eyes, and let us never give up because our will is stronger than our fears.