Is Life Supposed to Be Fair?

On Catholic New York’s website, we have a feature called, “Word to Life” which discusses the scripture reading for the upcoming Sunday liturgy. Generally at the end of the reflection it asks a question. This week it asked something along the lines of, “Has life always been fair to you?”

It’s funny because this morning, a friend of mine had passed along a reading that said that when you are going through troubles, that God uses those “dark times” to make a beautiful tapestry out of your life. You can’t make it with just light colors. It’s very similar to one of my favorite quotes that says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord.’” All these things point in one direction: God knows what He’s doing, even if we don’t. We may feel lost, betrayed, hurt, depressed, damaged, broken, beaten down or troubled, but somehow we will survive with God’s help. It won’t be easy, I’m not saying that at all, but it can be done.

So, when I come back to the original question about if life has always been fair for me, I’d say not really. I know that everyone has troubles, but some people seem better equipped to handle theirs, or seem to have smaller troubles. I’m using the word seem because to them they may feel bigger than they look to me. But I know that I joke around with my close friends and often joke around and say, “I must be doing something wrong” because life feels so hard sometimes. But then again, if it were super easy, would it be worth it?

What do you think? Has life been fair to you? Please share your thoughts.

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