Thursday, June 20, 2013

“If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.” (2 Corinthians 11: 30)


As we meditate on the second letter to the Corinthians, we continue to follow the ‘curriculum vitae’ of an apostle of Jesus Christ through God’s will. In the face of those who exploit and strike the weakest members of a community, Paul does not hesitate to ‘boast’ of his weaknesses that become his strength in his pastoral and apostolic care for a church weakened by contrasts, incoherence, competitions, pride…

Paul boasts, but not like his rivals. His boast is ‘foolishness’, an uninterrupted chain of suffering, struggle, difficulties encountered in his preaching. He boasts within measure and does not go beyond. From this he learns humility and meekness. He boasts of being weak, but like and in Christ, whose apostle he is. He is an apostle who is in anguish for those entrusted to him, preoccupied and zealous, but intent so that his proclamation may manifest only the strength and power of Christ.

- Living Scripture

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