Redefining Strength

August 3, 2018

But Jesus said to them,
“A prophet is not without honor except in his native place
and in his own house.”
And he did not work many mighty deeds there
because of their lack of faith. (Matthew 13:57-58)

Kryptonite was the one thing that made Superman vulnerable. As a superhero, he had many strengths, many superpowers: he was faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.

Yet kryptonite – a green radioactive rock – could drain his power and leave him vulnerable.

All superheroes have their own kryptonite, something that drains their power.

In today’s Gospel, we learn that Jesus had a kryptonite, too. Matthew tells us that Jesus was “not able to perform any mighty deed” while in his native place. This was due to the lack of faith of the people living there. Their lack of faith was His kryptonite.

Because the people in his native place thought they were in control, because they did not have faith in His ability to help them, Jesus was powerless.

Our kryptonite is the belief that we are in control. It drains us and makes us vulnerable. It also shows a lack of faith, which in turn, leaves Jesus powerless to help us.

So what’s the answer?

We must redefine what it means to be strong. Being strong has nothing to do with being in control, and everything to do with being self-aware.

Being prepared to take on life’s challenges, striving to be self-reliant, and providing support for others in their time of need are all a part of what it means to be strong.

But true strength lies in acknowledging our limitations, and embracing our weakness. When we acknowledge our weakness, and seek help, then we are strong.

We must recognize that we are not in control. When we do that, and put our faith in God, we no longer hinder Him, allowing His power to flow through us.

 

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