In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you must clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another, for
‘God opposes the proud,
but gives grace to the humble.’
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. Discipline yourselves; keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters throughout the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering.
And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
Through Silvanus, whom I consider a faithful brother, I have written this short letter to encourage you, and to testify that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it. Your sister church in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you greetings; and so does my son Mark. Greet one another with a kiss of love.
Peace to all of you who are in Christ.
Today’s reading hits a bit too close to home. It seems that the Enemy is “prowling around” on every continent affected by the pandemic. The world yearns for God to “restore, support, strengthen, and establish” us.
Why does Peter write of humility? I wrote my undergraduate thesis on this virtue, concluding that humility is the intersection of knowledge of God and knowledge of self, an acceptance of the truth that “God is before me.” Is this not what we are being asked to discover now? That we truly possess nothing, that everything is a gift.
As many aspects of our lives are surrendered to protect the vulnerable, we realize our innate poverty and God’s innate goodness in sustaining our very lives. May we “clothe ourselves in humility” that acknowledges our dependence on God and our responsibility for one another – so that we may experience the peace of living in Christ.
—Rachel Forton is the Marketing Coordinator for Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House in Barrington, IL.
Dear Lord, the Great Healer, I kneel before You,
Since every perfect gift must come from You.
I pray, give skill to my hands, clear vision to my mind, kindness and meekness to my heart.
Give me singleness of purpose, strength to lift up a part of the burden of my suffering fellow men, and a true realization of the privilege that is mine.
Take from my heart all guile and worldliness,
That with the simple faith of a child, I may rely on You.
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