2 Corinthians 11:18, 21-30, Psalm 34:2-7, Matthew 6:19-23
2 Corinthians 11:18, 21-30
My Beloved, it is possible to be boastful and prideful in our labor for the Kingdom. We can blow our trumpet subtly to let people know all that we do in the church and making it seem that we are better than others because of it. We can even seem humble while doing it yet all the while we know exactly what our motives are. It is because there is a belief, like the Pharisees, that we are somehow better than everyone else and because our motives in serving You are all wrong that we act they way we do. St. Paul shows us how foolish this is . Not many have suffered as he in spreading the Good News but he knows that to boast about his sufferings as if they had any merits of themselves is foolish.
If we boast Lord we must boast about You. It is through grace that we are able to do all that is pleasing to You. Our motive is love and our reason for joy is because we are grateful for the mercy shown to us. You are never far from the sound of our cry and You hasten to deliver us. Than You.
My Beloved, when we look at how the financial situation around the globe is crumbling we see the wisdom of Your words. Earthly treasure is worthless and can go up like a puff of smoke any time while eternal treasures stored in the Kingdom of God only grow more beautiful. Our treasure is God in You, Christ Jesus our Lord and our heart is where our treasure is and that is with You, the Beloved.
Keep me free from grave sin lest my body weakens and my senses grow dull and useless. May the Light of Your Truth shine through me and shed its light not only for me alone but for those around me as well.