Fourth Sunday of Easter – A

What do you do when bad things happen to good people?  This is the difficulty that Peter is faced with in the second reading today. His communities are having a torrid time.  The risen Lord had given them new hope and joy, but now they are suffering for their faith.  They have to endure persecution, torture and even death for their belief in Jesus.  Peter responds by reflecting on Jesus, who, when faced with persecution did not retaliate but bore his sufferings for love of us. ‘Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps … When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly.’ Continue reading