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

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/070818.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 are at our weakest, the love and power of God is at His strongest. The Lord gives us the strength we need when we are weak, so we may be made strong. We must depend on God in every moment, especially when we are weak. With Him, we can do all things. Without Him, we are left desolate and alone. When you feel as Paul did, read this verse and remember that you have the strength and power of God within you. All you have to do is call on it.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I am weak and depend on you for all I do. Without you, I am nothing. With you I am strong. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen!

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

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