The early medieval preachers did not consider personal human suffering redemptive; rather, they considered it to be mimetic of the Redeemer. Suffering was not redemptive, but it did create the conditions for the cultivation of virtue as exemplified in Romans 5:3-5: “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
More and more I notice that I don’t recognize things when they are quoted – from Psalms, from Epistles, and even from the Gospels, which I thought I knew well. I wonder what that means? Maybe it’s the translation.
Anyway, that’s a nice one.