St. Paul had to put up with many who were jealous of him and all that God was doing through him. In this passage, he responds to accusations of others that they are just as important as Paul is. Actually, Paul says that these persons were phony apostles–not really called by God at all, and leading the people astray. Doesn’t it sound like the problems of the Old Testament are going on in the New one? Hey! When people are nasty, they may even continue to be mean even when great love like Jesus’ comes their way. Look what they did to Jesus! So they are making Paul suffer. Today’s reading is a list of all the kinds of suffering that Paul when through—read slowly so that you can imagine Paul’s pains.
But you know, St. Paul would suffer the same things over and over if it meant that he could bring others to Jesus. Perhaps you won’t have to suffer quite as much as Paul, but there is always some price to pay when we want to serve and love God most of all.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Zealous to bring souls to You v. 2
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.
This is the eleventh 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…