I can’t do do this.
I’m not able to do that.
It’s too much for me.
I just can’t…
Children sometimes reply in this way to parents who tell them to do something.
The young people may want to avoid an unpleasant task.
They may try to escape a challenging duty and… they pretend…
Pretend that what is asked of them is beyond their capacity.
Surprisingly – or not – we, supposedly more… mature, may have the same attitude towards… God !
And today, he answers our ‘pretending’ in the words of the wise man, Ben Sira,
(1st reading – Ecclesiastius 15:15-20) telling us :
“If you choose, you can keep the commandments,
and to act faithfully is a matter of your own choice.”
In other words : « If you wish, you can… »
We may think that following God’s way is too difficult,
in fact, we may judge it to be beyond what we can achieve.
We feel we do not have the strength to fulfil what God is asking of us.
This may be true, it surely is, if we try on our own.
But, this is the point : we are NOT expected to be faithful to God on our own.
God’s own Spirit has been given to us precisely to neable us to do what we cannot do ourselves.
The apostle Paul was assuring the first Christians :
“The Spirit helps us in our weakness.” (Rom.8:24)
This remains true and valid for us!
Some remind themselves with a tattoo, others write it on their in/out tray!
Note: Another reflection is available on a different theme in French at: https://image-i-nations.com/6e-dimanche-de-lannee-a-2020/
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