Posted by: livingscripture | June 21, 2013

Eleventh Friday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.”

(2 Corinthians 11: 30)

             Paul 4

How should we live this Word?

As we meditate on the second letter to the Corinthians, we continue to follow the ‘curriculum vitae’ of an apostle of Jesus Christ through God’s will.  In the face of those who exploit and strike the weakest members of a community, Paul does not hesitate to ‘boast’ of his weaknesses that become his strength in his pastoral  and apostolic care for a church weakened by contrasts, incoherence, competitions, pride…

Paul boasts, but not like his rivals.  His boast is ‘foolishness’, an uninterrupted chain of suffering, struggle, difficulties encountered in his preaching.  He boasts within measure and does not go beyond.  From this he learns humility and meekness.  He boasts of being weak, but like and in Christ, whose apostle he is.  He is an apostle who is in anguish for those entrusted to him, preoccupied and zealous, but intent so that his proclamation may manifest only the strength and power of Christ.

Today in my time of contemplation, I shall think about Paul’s selfless giving and his humility, that is seen in today’s saint as well, Aloysius Gonzaga.  I will ask for the grace to be totally given to Jesus and to His Gospel as they were.

Lord, make me Your true apostle, seeking only to make You known and loved by others. 

The Voice of Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini in a Prayer to St. Aloysius 

Lord Jesus, who revealed to St. Aloysius the face of Your love and gave him the strength to follow You, renouncing all that the world presents as prestige and wealth, in order to give his life for others in joy and simplicity of heart, grant that through his intercession we may receive Your plan for our life and communicate the joy of the Gospel to everyone, the smile of Your loving Presence.  Let Your Cross be, as it was for St. Aloysius, our consolation, our hope, our solution to the dark problems of life, the light for all our nights and for all our trials.

 

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