May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/070515.cfm

Brothers and sisters: That I, Paul, might not become too elated, because of the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, an angel of Satan, to beat me, to keep me from being too elated. Three times I begged the Lord about this, that it might leave me, but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me. Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and constraints, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong. 

When we pray for healing of physical problems and are not healed, we must remember St. Paul. He had “a thorn in the flesh” and the Lord told him that all that he needed was Christ without healing he asked for. Can you be like Paul? Proud to boast that Christ is all you need and that you can bear the pain of your weakness? Can you be satisfied with a healing of soul? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the healing that you have given to me, even though there is still pain, your love, grace and mercy help me to bear it with joy. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

Our eyes are fixed on the Lord, pleading for his mercy.

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