Sunday, July 8, 2012

Looking ahead

By Father Perry D. Leiker

Contrasting truths are placed before us in today's word.

"My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness. ... So he was not able to perform any mighty deed there, apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them. He was amazed at their lack of faith."

Paul, like ourselves, was aware that in weakness we often discover our greatest strength. In weakness, transformation can take place and the very weakness becomes something other and more. If we had not been weak we might never have found a need for growth, nor experienced it happening in and through the weakness. Yet in some of our greatest strengths we are often not perceived well by others, for the strengths themselves become a kind of stumbling block.

Jesus remarked that: "He was not able to perform any mighty deed there." He was powerless in his strength "because of their lack of faith." These are great figures speaking to us today in the word: Jesus and St. Paul. Clearly these were men of great faith and great spiritual maturity. But even they realized that weakness and strength are relative.

What appears as strength can in reality be weak or ineffective. What appears weak can sometimes reveal great strength. The "weak" David slew the "strong" Goliath — "little boy" stronger than "big giant."

Perhaps the greatest truth revealed here is that God's wondrous grace can make the real difference. When God touches us with his love, things can become oh so much more.

Father Perry D. Leiker is St. Bernard parish administrator. Reach him at (323) 255-6142, Ext. 112.

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