Friday 14 June 2019

About Today Readings

DAY OF PENANCE.
2 Corinthians 4:7-15. Psalm 115(116):10-11, 15-18. Matthew 5:27-32.
To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise – Psalm 115(116):10-11, 15-18.
‘God will raise us to eternal life in our turn.’

St Paul believed this with all the faith, fervour and zeal he could muster. He preached, as Jesus did, against those who preferred a different message. Both Jesus and Paul died in preference to surrendering their beliefs. As Jesus was raised up by the Father, Paul believed and preached that he and others speaking in faith and living that faith would, like Jesus, be raised up with Jesus in turn.

We, as believers, carry with us in our bodies the death of Jesus. Similarly, the life of Jesus can be seen in our bodies while we continue to attend to his presence. Let us pray for the grace to persevere in our prayer, that we may more deeply appreciate the treasure we have been given ‘in clay jars’. In and through the hardships that come our way we are vessels of God’s Holy Spirit alive in the world.

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