Posted by: livingscripture | June 22, 2013

Eleventh Saturday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

(2 Corinthians 12: 10)


How should we live this Word?paul_prison[1]

As Paul continues to speak and to question himself on the necessity of boasting, his confidences to the Corinthians become more those of a man who is passionate about his apostolate, but firm and sure of being in Christ through whatever he is doing or living.  He speaks of himself in the third person and moves the accent from the area of visions and revelations, experiences that are beyond those of his adversaries, to concrete situations tied to his mission.  It is an extremely critical moment in his life.  From the depths of his heart resonates a cry of trust in the power of Christ.  “When I am weak, then I am strong.”

His weakness has made him an apostle because it makes him more like the crucified Christ, conformed to His Word that he has always proclaimed.  In him, it becomes the premise, the important condition for the manifestation of God’s power and grace.  It is the efficacious sign of the Cross and of the Resurrection of the Lord.

Today in my time of contemplation, I will ponder my weaknesses and ask Jesus to help me see them as tools so that His glory and grace may shine forth.

Lord, keep me in the awareness of my weakness.  Increase my trust in Your power, so that I may cry out in my daily anguish and adversity, ‘When I am weak, then I am strong’. 

The Voice of St. Augustine, Church Doctor

Let the strong and the powerful deride us who are weak and needy, and confess it to You, Lord.


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