In the middle of a health challenge, it has been a blessing and a consolation this morning to remember Saint Agnes and to meditate on a few scripture passages.
I often read the readings from Vigils in Benedictine Daily Prayer. This morning I was surprised by this passage from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians (9:22):
“To the weak I became weak, so that I may win the weak.”
As if this was not enough, the first of the Mass readings for the feast of Saint Agnes includes these words of Saint Paul (1 Corinthians 1:27):
“God has chosen … to weak of this world to put the strong to shame.”
It gets more complicated. The short reading for Morning Prayer is, again from Paul, Romans 12:16)
“Put away ambitious thoughts and associate with those who are lowly.”
And the prayer for the Mass of Saint Agnes reads:
“Almighty ever-living God, who choose what is weak in the world to confound the strong…”
I have been wondering if God might be calling me for something more. I am, after all 75 years old, and I’m feeling a call for “more” – the Ignatian “magis.”
Is embracing weakness – as a force for good – part of this call?
Prayers for your strength, endurance and fortitude.
God is calling you, definitely.