Imperfect prophets can be perfectly good witnesses to Christ. Saint Paul was living proof of this point. He would “boast most gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me.” A perfectly self-sufficient person would not need God’s grace to spread the Gospel. Paul therefore rejoices in needing God. He rejoiced in the weaknesses he bore, particularly physical limitations, because these weaknesses showed that his success was due to God’s strength, not his own. I don’t need to be a perfect parent in order to witness to Christ for my children; God will supply the grace necessary to reach their hearts, and I need only to cooperate with that grace.
Our pride in self-reliance is one of our greatest obstacles in the Christian life. We think to ourselves: “If only I were stronger, smarter, better-looking, or holier, then I could stand up for my faith.” This stands in opposition to the experience of many of our greatest Saints. The Saints were imperfect people, many of them enduring great physical illnesses or injuries. Many of the Saints did not even see the fruits of their labors during their earthly lives. Yet the witness the provide echoes God’s promise to Saint Paul: “My grace is sufficient for you.” God’s grace is sufficient for us, too. May we have the humility to beg God for that grace which we need to bear Him witness in all the struggles of our daily lives. Let us entrust ourselves and our labors to Christ, for He who assigns us the task will provide the tools to complete it.