A blessing

Daily reading: 2 Corinthians 1:1-11
Sunday May 22, 2016

Focus passage: May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ be blessed!  He is the compassionate Father and God of all comfort. 2 Corinthians 1:3

The Apostle Paul begins his letters with a blessing.  His blessing in 2nd Corinthians is unique.  It is an assurance that God is present with us especially when we are suffering.
Throughout the first 11 verses of his letter, the theme of consolation and comfort arise.  It is timely and pastoral because as we know the community in Corinth is fragmented, but so is the relationship between Paul and the community and so Paul takes some time to remind the community that God can help them through the rough patch they are in.  In the letter, Paul hopes that through the power of God who raised Jesus from the grave, that God will be able to heal the community and bring them to new life.

Prayer: God help me to fully know today that you are present in my life and in the lives of those I love, in the lives of those I struggle to love, and in the mended parts of my life (and community) and in the fragmented parts of my life (and community). Amen.  

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