Today’s part of this letter of St. Paul is like reading a letter intended for somebody else. Those first receiving the letter know all about what Paul is talking about, but we don’t know the details of the sins and wrongs about which Paul is speaking.
But this doesn’t really matter, because Paul writes some basic ideas about sin, sorrow, guilt and shame that help us to see two ways of feeling badly for the mistakes and sins we commit. One way is to feel guilt; this is like a knot in the stomach; it feels heavy and unpeaceful. The other way of feeling is to have genuine sorrow which feels might lighter, because we trust that saying “I’m sorry” will be welcomed by the one hurt by what we did. In that case we believe that we are still loved and that the other’s forgiveness will make us be happy friends once again. That’s the way God loves us. God just wants what is broken in our relation with God to be healed.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Thank You for Your healing love. v.13
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.
This is the seventh of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B.
Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.
In this season we read 2 Corinthians.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…