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2 Corinthians 10: Strength through Weakness

Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 12, 2019

We frequently hear about  Paul’s boasting in the Lord. Today, if we look more closely, we will see that there is a finer, deeper meaning with these words.  Our physical bodies act according to the flesh.  These bodies house our spirits which are enormously powerful, capable of destroying fortresses

When we read this chapter we understand that we are sent to be God’s Word.  We are sent to be God’s Healing.  We are sent to be God’s Presence.  We are sent to be God to one another.  We are sent to teach, to proclaim, to witness . . . and when necessary, as St. Francis says, we use words.

Our lives, our actions speak more loudly than words.

Our words are formed by our thoughts.

Our thoughts are formed by our souls.

Our souls are formed by God.

When we become confused, all we need do is return to The Word.

Do not be afraid.  (Mt 10:31)

You are precious in my eyes.  (Is 43:4)

Rejoice to the extent that you share in the sufferings of Christ, so that when his glory is revealed you may also rejoice exultantly. (1 Pt 4:13) 

I, the Lord, am with you always, until the end of the world.  (Mt 28:20)

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him, do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. (Ps 37:7)  Be still and know that I am God. (Ps 46:10)

Return to your scabbard; cease and be still.  (Jer 47:6)

Quiet!  Be still!  Why are you so afraid?  Do you still have no faith?  (Ma 4:39; 40)

Sometimes the noise of the world drowns out The Word.  Paul urges us with the gentleness and clemency of Christ, to be humble, to be patient, to care for one another, take every thought captive in obedience to Christ . . . be confident in belonging to Christ . . . For it is not the one who recommends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord recommends.

With Christ as our shield and our armor, we need do nothing more than live our lives as the Lord recommends.

A re-post from April 27, 2012.

Image from: http://www.art.com/products/p12350813-sa-i1731395/medieval-sword-and-shield-montage.htm

Written on May 6, 2008 and posted today as a Favorite.

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Friday, May 31, 2013

tr-trinity-symbol1[1]Ecclesiastes 9:11-12

Calamities – Part III

We do not like to think of the calamities that have happened to us – or of the ones yet to come.  Yet we realize that the human condition is precisely this: the learning to survive in a healthy way when disaster strikes – as it always will.

Last week we reflected on how we handle calamity when we live in discipleship.  Today we reflect on calamity as seen from the center of the loving Trinity that embraces us.

The evil time is not known . . . but the time of goodness is – it is now, and we make it so by our words and deeds.

The evil time falls suddenly upon them . . . but the goodness is always with us – and we live out this goodness to others by our words and deeds.

A time of calamity comes to all alike . . . and a time of redemption through the goodness of God, the deeds and words of Christ, and the gifts of the Spirit.

Pole or North Star

The Pole or North Star guides those who watch and witness . . .

The race is not won by the swift, nor the battle by the valiant, nor a livelihood by the wise, nor riches by the shrewd, nor favor by the experts . . . yet we are given all of this and more when we live in Christ rather than in the world.

Amid all of the uncertainties of life, this we know for certain: calamity does arrive.  And when it does, we will want to be wearing Christ as our armor, following God as our polestar, and living in the eternal peace of the Spirit.

Adapted from a reflection written on September 28, 2010.

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