When I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:10).
St Paul loves to capture the way of the spiritual life in paradoxical language, like that we will hear this weekend; “When I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10).
Richard Rohr notes with others like St Francis that;
…you come to God not by being strong, but by being weak; not by being right, but through your mistakes; not by self-admiration but by self-forgetfulness. Surprise of surprises! Yet it was just too obvious, simple, and counter-intuitive to be true. This teaching utterly levels the playing field of holiness, so all losers can win—which is everybody—if we are honest.
Reference: Adapted from Richard Rohr, St. Paul: The Misunderstood Mystic
This is good news, but only good news if we can be honest and give up trying to keep up appearances. Then we will know the joy hidden in the discovery that Christ says to each one of us, “My grace is sufficient for you.”
Grace and peace,