Commentary on the Gospel of

Paulson Veliyannoor, CMF

Yesterday we reflected on touching God and the touch of God. But not every touch of God is as gentle as we would like. What if it graduates to wrestling? What should we do if God wrestles with us? A piece from Report to Greco, the spiritual autobiography of Nikos Kazantzakis, can enlighten us. Kazantzakis narrates his encounter with an elderly monk, Father Makarios:

“Do you still wrestle with the devil, Father Makarios?” I asked him.

“Not any longer, my child. I have grown old now, and he has grown old with me. He doesn’t have the strength. . . .  I wrestle with God.” 

“With God!” I exclaimed in astonishment. “And you hope to win?”

“I hope to lose, my child. My bones remain with me still, and they continue to resist.”

 Losing can be a definitive  blessing—when it is against God. Ask Jacob. 

Credits: Claretian Bible Diary
Paulson Veliyannoor, CMF


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