As we have the same spirit of faith that is mentioned in scripture – I believed, and therefore I spoke – we too believe and therefore we too speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus to life will raise us with Jesus in our turn, and put us by his side and you with us. You see, all this is for your benefit, so that the more grace is multiplied among people, the more thanksgiving there will be, to the glory of God.
That is why there is no weakening on our part, and instead, though this outer man of ours may be falling into decay, the inner man is renewed day by day. Yes, the troubles which are soon over, though they weigh little, train us for the carrying of a weight of eternal glory which is out of all proportion to them. And so we have no eyes for things that are visible, but only for things that are invisible; for visible things last only for a time, and the invisible things are eternal.
For we know that when the tent that we live in on earth is folded up, there is a house built by God for us, an everlasting home not made by human hands, in the heavens.
Second reading for 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time
2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1
Paul spoke and regularly found himself in a good deal of trouble because of what he said and how he said it. Today too, he provokes hurt and upset, and for many of the same reasons.
Any yet his desire is to speak the Gospel of Love, to save people from falsehood and whatever will not lead them to God.
In the Scriptures, because we hear so much from him directly, we know that Paul spoke. What is not so evident, but surely equally true, is that Paul was ready to listen – to the Lord, to toeher apostles, to the people who lived and worked among. He could be acerbic and abrupt, but he was also committed and caring and sought to be at their service.
- Who do we talk to?
- Who do we talk at?
- Who do we listen to?
Pier Francesco Sacchi, Saint Paul Writing. National Gallery, London. (c) 2018, Allen Morris