July 30, 2021
Each day, I reflect upon a word or a phrase from the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.
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)
LACK OF FAITH: All superheroes have a kryptonite that affects them, 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.
The people in his native place thought they were in control. They did not have faith in His ability to help them, leaving Jesus 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. True strength lies in acknowledging our limitations, and embracing our weakness. When we acknowledge our weakness, and seek help, then we are showing strength. When we put our faith in God, we no longer hinder Him, allowing His power to flow through us.