July 5, 2015
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Gift of Weakness
I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me.
2 Corinthians 12:9
Late last fall, my two youngest sons and I gathered with dozens of others in a parking lot on the east side of town.
We were given mesh bags and placed in front of huge boxes of sweet potatoes. Our task? To bag up the tubers collected by the modern-day gleaning group for distribution to the needy.
One of my sons asked, "Why don't they sell these in stores?" I pointed out that these were oddly shaped, they were too big, they were too small. They were imperfect and, in a way, "weak."
Paul expresses here what his own experience has taught him: the world may celebrate strength and perfection, but natural weakness doesn't stop God--in fact, it's the opposite. In our weakness, God's love can be most powerfully shown and shared with an aching, hungry world.
Lord, use my weakness. Fill me.
- Amy Welborn
Ezekiel 2:2-5|Psalm 123:1-4|2 Corinthians 12:7-10|Mark 6:1-6