DAILY HOLY MASS READINGS
2 Corinthians 12:1-10, Psalm 34:8-13,
2 Corinthians 12:1-10
My Beloved, we do not boast, because we have received all through grace and Your merits. As St. Paul rightly says, we boast only of our weaknesses because these are ours and they enable us to realize how great is our need of You. If we have any virtues it is because You give them to us.
We know from the lives of the Saints that the greater their humility, the more powerfully they were able to do the works of God accompanied by signs and wonders. St. Paul tells us to glory in our weaknesses and praise You for them, for they keep us humble and keenly aware of our total dependency on You always. When I am weak then I am strong - help me to always remember these words of wisdom.
My Beloved, eternal life and a share in Your inheritance as You have promised us, is only possible when we hear, listen, and obey Your commands. Those who live in Your shadow will never now want, for You provide them with all they need.
You have commanded angels to surround us and protect us, no harm can come to us because You keep us safe. We taste Your goodness because we feast on You at every Eucharist. You bless us and we praise You.
My Beloved, it is You who teach us to live in the present moment. We are called to live in the now in love, trust, and hope in You because when we look into the future, we become engulfed in anxiety. In these verses You give us a blueprint on how to live a stress free life. We live in an age where even young children are anxious and worried.
We have only one Master, You, and if we serve You as we ought, then we can trust You to provide for all our needs both spiritual and temporal. We only have to look at creation around us, the birds in the air, the flowers in the fields, and we know that God who lavishes such care on things that perish, will hold nothing back in providing His children all they need in this life and eternal life with You in the next.