One of the many beauties of our faith is the way that God’s ways differ from Man’s. There’s probably a more eloquent or theologically-correct expression for it, but I’d call it something like wonderfully counterintuitive. We so often see this in the the teachings of Christ:

For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it.” Mark 8:35

For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 14:11

These teachings, where Christ turns our own thinking on its head, are reminders to us that Christ’s kingdom “does not belong to this world.” And, that to follow Him, we must move against the tide of this world. 

This is not easy. We don’t become saints by default. Virtue doesn’t develop naturally like facial hair does. But, with St. Paul, let us remember that when we are weak, then we are strong, because it is Christ who told us:  “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” Turn to Him for strength. 

I BESEECH Thee, most sweet Lord Jesus Christ, that Thy Passion may be to me power by which I may be strengthened, protected and defended. May Thy wounds be to me food and drink by which I may be nourished, inebriated, and delighted. May the sprinkling of Thy Blood be to me an ablution for all my sins. May Thy death prove for me unfailing life, and may Thy Cross be to me eternal glory. In these be my refreshment, joy, health, and delight of my heart: Thou who livest and reignest forever. Amen.

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