As I continue to work with the elderly and realize that I am quickly becoming one myself, I am thoroughly amazed by how dependent they are on others to do or help them do the ordinary everyday things that so many of us take for granted. These folks simply (but not easily) must let go and let someone else help them. They can no longer rely on themselves for everything. Some much more so than others. They must in many cases learn to trust their caregivers and give in to letting go of that sense of self-reliance, that sense of a lifelong tradition of “doing it ourselves,” that sense of pride in our independence.
Father David Endre says: “Self-reliance is not a Christian virtue; instead the Gospel teaches us reliance on God. It is in the midst of our failures and brokenness that we come to know our need for Him.”
In our Gospel this weekend Jesus offers us a challenge to this way of thinking which seems so simple: “Without Me, you can do nothing.”
During the next week, the challenge would be to take some time to consider what difficulty you are currently experiencing, what your weaknesses are, where you are failing, and invite Jesus into that empty place, that place which bears witness to the reality that we cannot do it all ourselves, that place that reminds us of those words of Jesus:
“Without Me, you can do nothing!”
“LET GO…………AND LET GOD!
October 17, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC