In the name of the Father and of the +Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
This reading has been a horror for people the world over throughout the ages. Especially for parents. They react with shock. Revulsion. Or, “I just don’t have enough faith to do that.” Why do we react this way? Because we are judging God.
There are two things you have to keep in mind: there are places where God is hidden and places where God is revealed. We are told to seek the Lord while He may be found. (Isa. 55:6) We must not to seek Him outside of where He reveals Himself. If you do that you will only find a God who has not explained Himself and has no intention of explaining Himself. Who has hidden His ways. The god of power. The god of terrible, swift, merciless justice. Or, the god who lets things go, who seems like he doesn’t care at all about wickedness or the suffering of the righteous. A god of tornados, earthquakes, natural disasters, cancer. A horrifying, merciless god whose only message to you is, “I judge wickedness. Therefore, you must be wicked if you suffer.”