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Sharing the Word for June 16, 2017

Friday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

June 16, 2017

Daily Reading from the USCCB: 2 Corinthians 4:7-15

St. Paul says we hold the treasure of our faith in earthen vessels. This is the insight of age and experience, for it takes time for us to learn just how weak we truly are. The youthful attitude of being able to do all things eventually gives way to the more seasoned realization that we are far less capable than we thought.

But St. Paul also sees the good in this very human situation—the experience of our weakness helps us see the surpassing power of God working in and through us. For as we grow more conscious of our inabilities, we become more conscious of the power of God and his grace at work in us. We know that the good we do is based not in our goodness, but on grace.

Perhaps Mark Twain put it best when he said, “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”