Here is today’s New Testament reading, from 2 Corinthians: ‘And to keep me from being too elated by the abundance of revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to harass me, to keep me from being too elated. Three times I besought the Lord about this, that it should leave me; but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities; for when I am weak, then I am strong’.

St John Chrysostom commented: ‘That is to say, “It is sufficient for you that you raise the dead, that you cure the blind, that you cleanse lepers, that you work those other miracles; seek not also exemption from danger and fear and to preach without annoyances. … Seek not … more than is needed. Do you see how he himself assigns one reason, and God another? For he himself says, Lest I should be exalted overmuch, there was given to me a thorn; but he says that God said He permitted it in order to show His power. “You seek therefore a thing which is not only not needed, but which also obscures the glory of My power.” For by the words, is sufficient for you, He would signify this, that nothing else need be added, but the whole was complete’.

In the challenges that may threaten to overwhelm us, let us remember these words, ‘My power is made perfect in weakness’. May they carry us through as we trust His promises, and may God bless you this day.