This morning, I was at a Mass where a deacon gave the homily. I am unclear whether he knew that today marks the World Day of the Sick.
The deacon spoke of Rabbi Harold Kushner's 1980s book "Why Bad Things Happen to Good People" and correctly noted that Kushner's ultimate answer was that God is NOT all powerful. The deacon also indicated that he himself struggles with the ideas of God's omnipotence. If he wasn't going to explain redemptive suffering, the deacon should have kept that to himself.
Years ago, Peter Kreeft published an excellent response to Kushner: "Making Sense of Suffering." Kreeft explains "redemptive sufferring" - Jesus invites us to unite our sufferings to His.
I don't understand how any cleric would be allowed to preach without understanding the magnificent news of redemptive suffering.