4TH WEEK OF LENT: STRENGTH AND WEAKNESS

“Give justice to the weak and the orphan; maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” – Psalm 82:3-4

“THE STRONG AND THE WEAK”

“There is a law that is not in nature, at least not in raw nature, namely, “We who are strong should bear the infirmities of the weak and not please ourselves.” It is here that Christianity makes its most unique and distinctive pronouncement, and gives the supreme example of Divinity dying for the weakness and sinfulness of humanity. The Christian law is not “the survivor of the fittest” but ‘the survival of the unfit.” – Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

When Jesus was approached by people of means, who showed interest in His teachings, he told them to give what they possessed to the poor and then come follow Him. He saw that their weakness was not in poverty but in their wealth. One can’t love God and money, we are told. “Where your love is, so also will be your heart .”

The poor, by circumstance, know humility well. The rich, by circumstance, are apt not to know it at all.

The poor are more susceptible to manipulation by those with evil intent. For in their need they will often accept help from the wicked as well as the just. However, with the just,  there will be no strings attached; for charity is done out of duty to love. Responsibility, then, must fall upon those with the means and purity of heart, to protect those who are unable to protect themselves.

We all are weak in one respect or another. One does not need to be impoverished to know weakness. There are those of weak character who are also in need of healing. Christ emphasizes this in those whom he chose to be His apostles. The apostles were, initially, not the type of men most would have considered to be the best choice to further the cause of Christianity, nor ensure the growth of the Catholic Church.

But, God doesn’t choose the likely. Instead, He confounds by calling upon the unlikely to carry out his plan. His chooses not the strong, but the weak. He chooses not as subjective fallible men would, but as befits His infallible foreknowledge. He chooses not because of what one is, but because of what one can become.

“for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearances, but the Lord looks on the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16: 6-7

Within God’s vision is hope for us all.

 

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About Alan A. Malizia: Contagious Optimism! Co-Author

Retired mathematics teacher and high school athletics coach. Honors: 1988 Ct. Coach of the Year for H.S. Girls Voleyball and 2007 Inducted into the Ct. Women's Volleyball Hall of Fame. Since retiring have written two books; "The Little Red Chair," an autobiography about my life experience as a polio survivor and "A View From The Quiet Corner," a selection of poems and reflections. Presently I am a contributing author for the "Life Carrots" series primarily authored by Dave Mezzapelle of Goliathjobs.com.
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8 Responses to 4TH WEEK OF LENT: STRENGTH AND WEAKNESS

  1. “Where your love is, so also will be your heart .” A great post Alan. I often can imagine how saddened Jesus was to see so many turn their back and their hearts from the truth, still, he continued to show unconditional love no matter who they were or what they chose in life. A gift we can hope to continue in our life and with all those we meet.

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  2. Both God and man cannot be great at the same time.

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    • Diana,
      It is true that both God and man can’t be great at the same time. Except in the one person, the God/Man; Christ. And no man was able to take His life until He was ready to give it.
      Proof in one instance is in the sentence that you wrote; where God is capitalized and man in not.
      Yet another example regarding the conflict is that: In the middle-eastern culture God is sovereign, and is why they are technologically behind; whereas in western culture man has become sovereign and advanced technology reigns with him. Yet, more importantly, because of our cultural model that marginalizes God, morailty has taken a back seat. Of course there are some middle-eastern groups whose acts of immorality can’t be considered acceptable to God. But then they have a misguided view of Him.
      And I suspect, if your statement was written by one who is not God centered as you or I, it may read: “Both ‘god’ and ‘Man’ cannot be great at the same time.
      -Alan

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  3. Within God’s vision is hope for us all ~ Amen Alan. ♥

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  4. Reblogged this on CROSSROADS-Right Choices and commented:

    A reprise of last year’s fourth week of Lent post. Time may change, but certain messages remain timeless. – Alan

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