“But for the grace of God, there goes I” often attributed to John Bradford (1510-1555) and Philip Neri (1515-1595), is an expression of humility, and sign of the understanding that unaided by Grace, of ourselves we can do nothing really worthwhile (cf. John 15:5, Ephesians 2:4-7,8-10).
The statement is borne out of the realisation that the same evil principles which had made one odious at some point in time, are also in our own heart (cf. Romans 5:12-14, Romans 7:15-24), and that we do need God’s help to avoid being worse (cf. Romans 5:15-20, Romans 7:25). This is precisely what Paul is saying to us in our reflection passage today (1 Corinthians 4:1-5).
Hence, let us then allow the Lord to give us new garments and new wine skins – to be renewed by his word, and his examples, so that we may be able to receive this new life he is offering us (cf. John 8:12, Luke 5:36-39).
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And “You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us” – 2 Corinthians 9:11
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