Saturday 22 June 2019

About Today Readings

STS JOHN FISHER AND THOMAS MORE.
2 Corinthians 12:1-10. Psalm 33(34):8-13. Matthew 6:24-34.
Taste and see the goodness of the Lord – Psalm 33(34):8-13.
‘I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses.’

St Paul speaks candidly about his struggles and his famous ‘thorn in the flesh’. This is never described in detail by Paul, and that is probably just as well. We live in a culture that enjoys public revelation about people’s character or lack thereof. The fact that Paul is not specific is an aid to us.

Paul’s acknowledgement is a rare display of humility from him, but, more than that, he helps us acknowledge that we too have ‘thorns in the flesh’ that might be understood as those recurring human weaknesses and fears which serve to dissolve our moral certainty and undermine our confidence.

The God who responds to Paul’s requests for relief is no magician or conjuror. The response is simple: ‘My grace is enough for you. Your weakness is your salvation.’ Recognising our frailty, vulnerability and dependence upon God is the beginning of our salvation in Christ.

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