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Wisdom 2:1, 12-22
Psalm 34:17-21, 23
John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30

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a tried stone (see is 28:16)

"Many are the troubles of the just man, but out of them all the Lord delivers him." —Psalm 34:20

Our trials, rather than being wasted time and experiences that keep us from being fruitful for Jesus, are actually a means to purify us and make us more fruitful disciples. "There is cause for rejoicing here. You may for a time have to suffer the distress of many trials; but this is so that your faith, which is more precious than the passing splendor of fire-tried gold, may by its genuineness lead to praise, glory, and honor when Jesus Christ appears" (1 Pt 1:6-7). Those who try us with insults, oppositions, or challenges are actually helping us to grow in radical trust in Jesus.

"My brothers, count it pure joy when you are involved in every sort of trial. Realize that when your faith is tested this makes for endurance" (Jas 1:2-3). "When you come to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for trials. For in fire gold is tested, and worthy men in the crucible of humiliation" (Sir 2:1, 5).

"No test has been sent you that does not come to all men. Besides, God keeps his promise. He will not let you be tested beyond your strength. Along with the test he will give you a way out of it so that you may be able to endure it" (1 Cor 10:13). "Many are the troubles of the just man, but out of them all the Lord delivers him" (Ps 34:20).

Prayer:  Father, "I consider the sufferings of the present to be as nothing compared to the glory to be revealed in us" (Rm 8:18). May everything that happens to me work for Your good (Rm 8:28).

Promise:  "The Lord redeems the lives of His servants; no one incurs guilt who takes refuge in Him." —Ps 34:23

Praise:  Antonio persevered in faith and his marriage not only survived but thrives.

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 12, 2016

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