Second Sunday of Advent

Strength is good; weakness is bad. These are primary lessons of the playground and if we don’t embrace them, we may live to suffer their effects. Yet even a fighter like Saint Paul would come to appreciate the opposite lesson: that power reaches perfection only in weakness. John the Baptist would frame it another way: “Jesus must increase, and I must decrease.” It turns out that might rarely makes right, and more often seeks as much wrong as it can get away with. Jesus wields divine might for right. When you have the upper hand, consider laying it down.