Time for Reflection – Why do we suffer?

During our first Time for Reflection at the high school we gathered responses from pupils about questions they might ask God if they had the opportunity. The question of suffering came up time and time again. Why do we suffer?

People of faith, and of no faith, have attempted to provide an answer to the reality of suffering but logical explanations and well-crafted arguments don’t really seem to get to the heart of the problem. Our experience of suffering is felt at a much deeper level.

Video: Story of the Handful of Mustard Seeds (Peter Rollins)

Questions for Class discussion

  • What do you think the story teaches about suffering and how to respond to it?
  • Why do you think it’s easier to forget than remember?
  • When you’re having a hard time or facing a difficult situation who are the people you’d go to first for help?
  • Take some time to share as a class times when you’ve faced a difficult or painful situation. How did you feel? What helped most? Is there anything you’ve learned about yourself during those times/situations?

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