Thoughts from Vespers, July 26

From Vespers (Evening Prayer)

2 Corinthians 1:3-4
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, a gentle Father and the God of all consolation, who comforts us in all our sorrows, so that we can offer others, in their sorrows, the consolation that we have received from God ourselves.”

We do not receive blessings to hoard them as this world would have us do. When we receive, especially in the blessings of love and consolation, it is to empower us to give, freely and without reservation, the same blessings to those in need.
In doing this, we become the very hands and feet of Christ, acting and moving through this broken world.

From the Peace Prayer, attributed to St. Francis, “It is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.”

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