Today’s Bible reading

Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well. — Thessalonians 2:8

More thoughts for meditation

In these first steps the humility comes from the inside; later it comes from relationships with other people. Subjecting myself to another “in all obedience for the love of God” means giving up my power, my arrogance, and instead submitting myself to seek the will of God through others. If I want to grow, openness and interaction with others is imperative since then I can grow with  the help of someone else’s gifts. I admit my limitations and my weakness, and I let someone else hold me up so that I can go on. This of course prevents any false self image and cuts down my pride in my own sufficiency. It involves trust, for it means recognizing someone else’s strengths so that  he can rescue me from my weakness. My attachment to material things clearly has to go, and we shall see later how much stress St Benedict places on this. But equally important, and often much more difficult, is to let go of my ambition and self esteem, my self-assertiveness, my wish to be just a little different from everyone else.

The interconnectedness that occurs through community is essential to being a Jesus follower to Benedict. But if this connectedness does not have time to take root how can we as people, with all our defense mechanisms and avoidance allow ourselves to be known? Having been part of a community (Circle of Hope) for some time now as allowed me to become comfortable enough with myself to be more accepting of my limitations. Rather than make us feel limited this can free us up to accept ourselves be free to act according to our gifts.

Suggestion for action

Pray: But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.