But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.
We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies.
For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you. But just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture—“I believed, and so I spoke” —we also believe, and so we speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.
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“We are often troubled, but not crushed….and though badly hurt at times, we are not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4: 8-9
A letter of St. Francis de Sales describes a custom of farmers in his day. When they carried water in a bucket, they floated a piece of wood on the water to keep it from splashing up and out. That piece of wood is a lot like Jesus; and the splashing water, a lot like life.
Whenever the waters of life splash about, threatening to destroy us, we need only turn to Jesus. He will calm them as he calmed the sea. He will give us serenity in the face of trouble and trials—just as he did for St. Paul.
With what kind of trust do I turn to Jesus in my times of trial?
Excerpted from Action by Fr. Mark Link, S.J. © 2000 RCL Enterprises, Inc., Allen TX. For more prayer resources from Fr. Link, please visit www.staygreat.com
Lord, life can be hard, really hard. Though at times you may seem hidden from us, though at times we don’t understand how relationships, health, finances, or employment seem to crumble apart, we choose to place our hope in you.
Throughout the days of our life, we will cling to the bruised yet bold conviction of St. Paul: “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies.”
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