Friday 24th of March
“I know indeed how to live in humble circumstances; I know also how to live with abundance.”
In today’s passage, Paul talks about contentment in all situations, including times that were not easy. Paul was not condoning the idea of living the Christian walk without discipline and faithfulness to the teachings of Christ, crucifying the flesh or taking up each person’s personal cross. Instead, Paul expressed knowing how to be content in every living condition he would encounter. He knew how to be content in times of plenty. He knew how to be content in times of need. Paul was able to keep the right attitude because he didn’t rely on his own power to be happy in whatever circumstance he found himself in. Paul learned how to be content with whatever he had because he always lived humbly, through Christ who strengthened him. Paul’s own life experiences are testimony to having and relying on the power of Jesus in all things. St Paul is a model for us of someone who embraced whatever life threw up at him for Christ’s sake. In all circumstances, he lived with hope and faith because of Christ. What about us?