25 Sat Jul 2015
The Treasure of Community
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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 Jesusâ€™ 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 scriptureâ€”â€œI believed, and so I spokeâ€ â€”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.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
24 July 2015 @ 10:10 pm
Thank you for your rich reflection, and especially the beautiful and moving way you speak of community. Touches a deep grateful place for me this morning. Peace! Mary
Sr Kathleen Gallagher
25 July 2015 @ 12:35 pm
Wonderful reflection on the four pillars; I really like your thoughts on community!