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Afflicted but not Crushed

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Today’s Mass readings are very reassuring.  2 Corinthians 4:7-15 tells us that in this lifetime we may be afflicted in every way, perplexed, persecuted, and even struck down; but we’ll never be crushed, driven to despair, forsaken or destroyed.  Why?  Because we carry the transcendent power of God within us.  In him and through him we are able to overcome every obstacle.  The life of Jesus is manifested within us.  He who raised Jesus will raise us also and bring us into his presence.  Wow!  That’s good news for these perplexing times isn’t it?

The responsorial is Psalm 126: 1-6.  It’s a prayer for God’s favor.  But also read Psalm 125.  It’s very encouraging.  It assures us that those who trust in the Lord will never be moved.  They will abide forever.  The Lord surrounds his people on all sides.  Those who turn aside and follow crooked ways will be led away with evildoers.  But the scepter of wickedness will never rest upon the land allotted to the righteous. So trust in the Lord.  May our land be righteous so the scepter of wickedness will never rest upon it.  May we never follow crooked ways.

The Gospel reading was Matthew 20:20-28.  Jesus came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as our ransom.  The price for our salvation has been paid.  All we have to do is accept it and receive it.