It makes me happy to suffer for you, as I am suffering now, and in my own body to do what I can to make up all that has still to be undergone by Christ for the sake of his body, the Church. I became the servant of the Church when God made me responsible for delivering God’s message to you, the message which was a mystery hidden for generations and centuries and has now been revealed to his saints. It was God’s purpose to reveal it to them and to show all the rich glory of this mystery to pagans. The mystery is Christ among you, your hope of glory: this is the Christ we proclaim, this is the wisdom in which we thoroughly train everyone and instruct everyone, to make them all perfect in Christ.
2nd reading for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Suffering for others is undertaken in all sorts of different circumstances. Some are forced upon us; others we choose for the sole benefit of others.
But when undertaken for love they become a participation in the love of God, and a participation in the suffferings of Christ for the benefit of the whole world.
Love and service rarely come without a cost – but paying that price will sometimes be hard and sometimes our spirits flag.
- Pray for those who struggle this day.
Photograph (c) 2016, Allen Morris. Stained Glass. St Leonard’s Bridgnorth.