In every circumstance and in all things I have learned the secret of being well fed and of going hungry, of living in abundance and of being in need. I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me. // Philippians 4:12-13
The fridge had been stocked with a dozen eggs, rashers of bacon, plump sausages, rosy red tomatoes, and a freshly baked loaf of bread. Our Irish vacation was underway. Thrilled to be renting a house, our group of American students had grand plans to make our very own traditional Irish breakfast. Arriving far past sunset the night before, we’d found our lodgings lacking in necessities like towels and top sheets, but no matter, we made do with what we found.
The sun arose, and a trio of us traipsed downstairs to the kitchen only to find it empty of any appliances or wares save for a baking sheet, two plates, a butter knife, and a single wooden spoon. How were we going to grill tomatoes let alone scramble eggs?
Thankfully, we were young and lighthearted; changes were made to the menu, and laughter turned trials into memories.
In Saint Paul’s letter to the Church in today’s reading (Philippians 4:10-19), I’m reminded of the Christian life and growth that happens as we continually place our trust in Christ. Paul wrote, “I have learned the secret of . . . living in abundance and of being in need. I have the strength for everything through Him who empowers me.” The secret isn’t to know everything, have everything, or be able to do it all ourselves.
Instead, we’re called to rely on each other through the Church. That breakfast made solely with a wooden spoon could have become a disaster if we’d focused on all we lacked, but instead we delighted in friends, making good use of what was present, and managing to pull off an almost perfect “Irish breakfast.”
Instead of striving for independence, let us strive for the self-sufficiency that Saint Paul had, flowing out of his trust in God. Our sisterhood here at Blessed is She is a living example of the beauty of community, of women ready to stand alongside you in joy and trials. You’re invited to join in. Not sure how? Start here.We’re called to rely on each other through the Church. // Sarah Ortiz Click To Tweet