Of weakness and grace and a lack of faith

July 6, 2009 | Uncategorized

Sitting at Mass this weekend, I was struck by a couple of lines in the readings. First there was Paul, who uttered the classic line: “When I am weak, then I am strong.” And then, in the Gospel, Jesus, visits his home town and is “amazed at their lack of faith.” Mark’s Gospel goes so far as to say that was “was not able to perform any mighty deed there,” in this place where his own derided and doubted him.

First off, the whole strength in weakness thing is so contrary to our culture that it’s easy to just ignore the message as a quaint idea of a time gone by. But for some reason those words rea



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