But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you. But just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture—"I believed, and so I spoke" — we also believe, and so we speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day.
Today is Friday the 14 June, in the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time.
The community of Taizé sing Une soif emplit notre âme. “Our soul is thirsting within us, to surrender all to you, O Christ.” As I sit or stand here now can I open myself up to God and surrender everything to his Son Jesus Christ?
Today’s reading is from the Second letter of St Paul to the Corinthians.
In what ways can I see myself as “treasure in clay jars”?
Even if I am not driven to despair or persecuted in my own life, how can I make the life of Jesus “visible in my body”?
God is working through me extending his grace to those I meet. Can I think of a time when I felt God working through me to reveal the treasure of my inner nature to the people in my life?
As I listen again to the reading, can I become aware of the Spirit of faith that God has given me?
Cardinal Newman believed and so he spoke: Therefore I will trust Him. Whatever, wherever I am. I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him; in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him; if I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. You may want to pray now with this same spirit of faith, about whatever is in your heart.