This has been a busy week. There is a lot of preparation that goes with the celebration of the Triduum. There was also the Diocesan Day of Penance on Tuesday during which I spent 8 1/2 hours hearing confessions.
So after Mass was over last night for Holy Thursday, I finally found some quiet time to sit in church. This was a very much-needed time of reflection and peace for me. As I sat there tired and exhausted before the Blessed Sacrament I came to realize, as has happened to me before, that there is no way I could do what I do as a priest and pastor by myself. This is nothing new for me. The prayer cards at my ordination cited 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
“My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me. Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and constraints, for the sake of Christ, for when I am weak, then I am strong.
What was new last night in my reflection was thinking about this in the context of questions I get from people who doubt if God exists. For me, the simple fact that I know I do more than I am capable of for me is proof that God exists. For me, it is clear that God is the one who makes it possible for me to do more than I could ever do alone.
If we look for answers of how things happen, science may have explanations like ‘Big Bang’ for creation but science can never give meaning to live or answer the question “why?”. God is the origin of everyone and everything and God gives us meaning.