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Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/072516.cfm
Brothers and sisters: We hold this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being given up to death for the sake of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
So death is at work in us, but life in you. Since, then, we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, I believed, therefore I spoke, we too believe and therefore speak, knowing that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and place us with you in his presence. Everything indeed is for you, so that the grace bestowed in abundance on more and more people may cause the thanksgiving to overflow for the glory of God.
We accept Jesus freely, but we are afflicted by this world. The death that is always after us. The world would like to see us give up life in Christ and accept the death they have for us. By taking the Body of Christ we have the living Christ within us. Do you want life or death?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us Christ so we may accept life in you. In His holy name, I give you thanks and praise, Amen.
Those who sow in tears shall reap rejoicing.