24 March 2007

2 Corinthians 12: Boasting in Weakness

2 Corinthians 12:

3 And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows—4 was caught up to paradise. He heard inexpressible things, things that man is not permitted to tell. 5 I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses.

One of the saints, I believe it was St. Bernadette Soubirous, once said that she believed the stories of saints should relate not their strengths and triumphs so much as their faults and struggles. No doubt this was how she wanted to be remembered as well, by her weaknesses; one who indeed saw the glory of heaven in the face of the Blessed Mother! Certainly, God is glorified in the triumphs in our lives and in our intense religious experiences, and these are beautiful things. But how much more is He glorified in our weakness? For in our weaknesses and struggles, which are particularly before our eyes in Lent, the strength of God must carry us. We are changed and molded more nearly into the image of God.

As Easter approaches, I encourage you all to take advantage of these last days of Lent to encounter God in your weakness through the sacrament of Reconciliation. Let us delve into the recesses of our consciences and bring to light all our human limitations. Let us then place them before the God who is limitless, in love, in mercy, in perfection, and invite Him to live in us more fully so that His strength may cover our weaknesses.

9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.


i love nemo said...

no comments yet! well, i'll comment
i have a question for you guys. have you ever heard of a man named Richard Dawkins? he wrote the book "the god delusion" and it's a huge slam against Christianity. in my theology class, we're watching this video that he made, and it's so funny to watch him contradict himself, and also so sad to watch him tear apart our faith. every day that we've watched it, i've really grown to dislike what he says, but it's good to hear it. it deepens my faith in God, which is completely not what he wanted. he wants the whole world to believe in Arianism. but it seemes to me that through all that we've watched, i've grown closer to God, not against him.
just my thoughts

"Little trick I picked up from my father, in one ear and out the other..." said...

i've never heard of him, but i've had a lot of conversations with people who try to cast down, or at least question, the 'catholic way' of doing things. it's inevitable when your best friend is a devoute prodestent. but something that i've read recently would answer so many of his questions and made me feel closer to God too. the book is called A Philidephia Catholic in King James Court. it's pretty amazing to see how he defends the faith infront of people who know the bible intricatly. the biggest thing i always remember is that we have been defending our faith for 2000 years... just because i don't know every specific detail doesn't mean noone else does.