A Reflection from Wilson Phillips
Let Us Remember, We Are in the Holy Presence of God:
SCRIPTURE: “God does NOT care about our abilities; rather, He seeks our availability.”
Because of the extravagance of those revelations, and so I wouldn’t get a big head, I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. Satan’s angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty! At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me,
My grace is enough; it’s all you need.
My strength comes into its own in your weakness.
Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.
Second Corinthians 12: 8-10
As a part of my Lenten reflection today, I have chosen to share what I consider my “power verse for life.” We oftentimes find that scripture speaks to each of us differently. Yet, in my case, I have yet to find a verse that spoke directly to me the first time I read it as the verse above from 2nd Corinthians. And, after reading it, you might realize why it speaks so strongly to me. However, I think it has merit for each of us as we travel this journey in preparation for Easter.
In our lives, we are oftentimes distracted by our vices- egos, opportunities, our stature within our peer groups, and wealth amongst other things. The routines of our lives can cause us to ignore the daily gifts we receive from the Lord. One of the greatest gifts we receive is the opportunity to help those in need of our support- physically, emotionally, and spiritually. These opportunities don’t necessarily have to be grandiose expressions of love or selflessness. Sometimes, the most powerful gifts are the simplest expressions to offer.
In the Gospel reading this week, we hear the story of a blind man receiving his sight after years of blindness due to the courage of some faithful followers. In my own life, many people made themselves available to give me a second chance at life. These “everyday people” allowed themselves to be open to the will of Christ; and in turn, each person made a tremendous difference in the life of a young handicap boy whose life was not promised to him. My doctors, occupational therapists, physical therapists, teachers, professors, co-workers, mentors, family, and of course, “my kids” have given me the will to wake up each day and persevere. Yes, that would be you! You have been a part of my journey. When you open the door for me, drive me places, push me in a wheel chair, help charge my broken-down scooter, help me carry things- you are showing compassion and mercy for me. And while you might say it’s nothing to do those things… it’s everything to someone like me.
Take a moment today and realize that you-with your willingness to serve others as Christ’s hands and feet- are making a difference in the world around you. Be merciful today- your availability to others makes a profound difference to those around you.
POINTS TO PONDER:
As you reflect, listen to the words of this song. It’s a song about relationships; but, could it be said that this describes your relationship with Christ?
ST. JOHN BAPTIST DELASALLE. PRAY FOR US.
LIVE JESUS IN OUR HEARTS. FOREVER.