Someone shared how touched he was during confession once. After the penitent had recited his list of transgressions, the priest listened and simply said, ‘We sin not because we are bad but because we are weak!”
For those of us who are theologically in tune, this may be stating the obvious, but how the soul rejoices and soars at this affirmation. It’s so good to hear it. You’re not so bad, just weak. Particularly at a time when one is feeling ‘bad’, sinful and unworthy. Somehow, weakness doesn’t seem as bad a cross to bear. Isn’t as condemning. We can cope with being weak because there’s still hope of being strengthened. Yet while we agonise over our moral lapses in relatively comfortable lives, there are those among us who are just weak from empty stomachs and broken homes. Archbishop Ha’s Lenten Appeal message highlights this point. Hopefully in our weakness we may find a way to strengthen others.
Have a joyful Lent!