Far be it from me to expound on food analogies, but a bit of theological sense makes hunger the reason for the meal, as the reason behind why the meal is needed in the first place. “Hebrews 5:8 Although He was a son, he learned obedience from what He suffered”. Jesus’ Humanity hungered for God, to please Him, this is the reason we suffer for God.
The concept of “covering” in protestant theology came from Luther in his view of “Putting on Christ”, i. e., “the wedding garment” in Jesus’ parable of the wedding banquet. Faith is the “cover” to make you justified. This justified you as a covering of snow covers a dung heap. Mankind being a “dung heap” is related to the “total depravity” and the various distinctions used to justify the protestant theology of “faith alone”. A distinction by protestant R.C Sproul “Total depravity is not utter depravity. We are not as wicked as we possibly could be”. Good distinction R.C.! :rolleyes:
The concept of depravity is opposed to “free will”, wounded but still "made in the Image of God, it requires grace to justify man. This grace is a gift from God available in the sacraments. This is the Catholic teaching and “total depravity” is also opposed to the concept of “original sin”. All these various distinctions of depravity and differing protestant views on the essence of mans nature makes so clear the need for the Magisterial authority of the Catholic Church.
Suffering is the result of the loss of original justice, and only sanctifying grace can be regained (by a free gift from God) by way of Christ’s redemptive act on the Cross. Suffering in union with Christ is in line with God’s will and making yourself suffer to extremes for guilt or psychological reasons is “ones own effort” is not “God’s will”. One must study the faith and not make assumptions based on your own reasoning as this leads to mistakes like “suffering till you pass out” or not knowing the boundaries in Church teaching, given by spiritual direction, or in the examples of the saints.