Pope Francis is keen on teaching us that our fragility is not a curse, but a place of encounter with Him who gives strength.
Here are seven thoughts from the pope for the days when we feel overwhelmed by weakness.
Christ crucified … took our precariousness to its limit so as to fill it with love and strength.
Only God can give true depth to our heart’s desires.
I encourage you to look at the crucified Christ. He reveals to us the true face of God and teaches us that weakness is not a curse, but a place of encounter with God the Father, and His love the source of our strength and joy.
In the face of Christ crucified we discover the richness of the love of God, Who made Himself poor to enrich us.
Brothers and sisters, in Christ denuded and despised, the face of the true God is revealed, the glory of love and not that of glittering deception. “By His wounds we are healed” (Is 53: 5). Always, and especially when difficulties arise … remember that in Christ our fragility is no longer a curse, but a place of encounter with the Father and the source of a new force from above.
When we welcome the God of Jesus Christ, who made Himself poor for us (cf. 2 Cor 8: 9), we discover that recognizing our weakness is not the misfortune of human life, but it is the condition for opening up to He Who is truly strong. Then God’s salvation enters through the door of weakness.
We have been healed precisely by the weakness of a man Who was God, by His wounds. And from our weakness, we can open ourselves up to God’s salvation.
Our healing comes from He Who became poor, Who accepted failure, Who took our precariousness to its limit so as to fill it with love and strength. He comes to reveal to us the fatherhood of God.
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