A question that has troubled people for countless ages is the problem of evil. If God is all-powerful and good, how is it possible that evil can exist in our world? How is it possible that God can allow terrible things to happen, such as the recent earthquakes in Christchurch and Japan that have claimed so many lives?
I won’t pretend to be able to delve into the depths of God’s mind and understand why all these things happen. But part of what practising our faith is about, is to grapple with these issues and at least come to some kind of an understanding.
But Adam and Eve chose to sin...and so they caused death and devastation to enter the world because they chose to be cut off from the Life of God. And because God placed the whole of creation under them, it too is now subject to death, decay, and destruction (Rom 8:22).
So, when people die, or there are natural disasters, it is not necessarily because God is punishing someone. It is because by mankind’s free choice to sin, everything in creation is subject to destruction. And this is evidenced around us in major catastrophic events like earthquakes and tsunamis; and also in the “smaller” realities of death and sickness.
What is truly wonderful about this being restored to God is that every time we have the privilege of attending Mass, we are able to partake in the Life of God when we receive our Lord Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament (Jn 6:51). Although we only receive the smallest of morsels, we can rest assured that if we are receiving our Lord worthily that He is slowly but surely transforming us and changing us by His Life in us.