“Power is made perfect in weakness.” 2Cor. 12:9

St. Peter, referring to the letters of St. Paul, wrote: “There are some things in them, hard to understand.” So, what is Paul saying in the title to this article? He was pleading with the Lord for deliverance from something that was weighing on him. The Lord answered him, “My grace is enough for you, for in weakness power reaches perfection.” In his weakness, Paul discovered a source of strength far greater than any gift or talent of his own. His weakness led him to rely on God for the strength he needed. For us, too, weakness becomes strength when it turns us to prayer and trust in God. Strength also comes from the memory of God’s goodness.

Before his experience on the road to Damascus, Paul could boast about his lineage, his learning, his ancestry, his special formation under the great scholars of his day. He was bowled over, however, by the revelation he received on the road to Damascus. Now, he boasts of his weakness.

Our own moments of enlightenment may not have been as dramatic or as powerful as Paul’s, but if we are open to God and God’s ways we too shall experience new insights into our own story. Crisis moments in our lives take us to rock bottom. We come home to our true self – realising that we are completely dependent on God.

St. Augustine lamented the fact that he had not been aware of God’s powerful presence in his life – “Too late have I loved you… Behold you were within, but I was outside searching for you.”

There are moments of revelation in our lives when everything seems to be falling apart: old props have deserted us, we have nothing to lean on any more: these can be crisis moments, but they are also moments of profound revelation.

Resurrection for each one of us can become a daily experience. Meister Eckhart says there is a place in the soul, an eternal place that neither space nor time nor flesh can touch. This is the eternal place within us. Every slight pain, misunderstandings, disappointments, our daily hurts have the power within them leading to the joy of Resurrection. The prophet Jeremiah, who rebelled and argued with God could say: “You, O Lord, know me. You see me; you have found that at heart I am with you.” (Jer. 12:3). We have the power, too, to lift our companions on the road. There are crisis moments in all our lives. We have power within us to be what we are created to be. In the words of Thomas Merton, “we are all stumbling home.”

                                                                                                            Sr. Catherine Moran