Sunday 8th July, 2012
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time. G. Ezekiel 2:2–5. Our eyes are fixed on the Lord, pleading for his mercy—Ps 122(123). 2 Corinthians 12:7–10. Mark 6:1–6.
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The Lord says: ‘My grace is enough for you: for power is at its best in weakness.’
Paul’s words in today’s reading remind us of the many times we are discouraged by our own inadequacies. Just when we think we have it made, that we are succeeding, we can take a tumble. We pick ourselves up and ask what caused it, not realising that we are not in control.
God is living life through us: we are God’s conduits. But, as Richard Rohr reminds us, ‘Our weakness and brokenness bring us to God … Grace creates the emptiness that grace alone can fill.’ At times we disassociate ourselves from the poor and marginalised, seeing in them our own weakness. But when we meet them we recognise their strength. ‘For it is when I am weak that I am strong.’