Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/061217.cfm
Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the Church of God that is at Corinth, with all the holy ones throughout Achaia: grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all encouragement, who encourages us in our every affliction, so that we may be able to encourage those who are in any affliction with the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged by God. For as Christ’s sufferings overflow to us, so through Christ does our encouragement also overflow. If we are afflicted, it is for your encouragement and salvation; if we are encouraged, it is for your encouragement, which enables you to endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for you is firm, for we know that as you share in the sufferings, you also share in the encouragement.
Paul is encouraging all who believe the word of God as preached by Jesus that whatever we may suffer, Christ has suffered it and we will receive the encouragement and strength that we need from God. What a beautiful promise – we share with Christ all that He endured. In this day and age it is easy to relate as we watch Christians being murdered, abused and harassed around the world. No country is exempt, but we have this beautiful promise. Does this give you the courage to stand firm? To speak the truth no matter what? I pray it does, for you and for me.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, may this beautiful promise give me the strength I need when confronted with lies. Your truth is all that matters, Lord and I give you praise for giving me what I need to discern it. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.