Sunday Reflection (July 4, 2021)

Do you ever reason as Paul had at one time?  If only I could rid myself of this one thorn in the flesh, then I would be complete for God’s work and indeed do more (2 Corinthians 12:2-10). Paul reminds us: Divine 
power reveals itself through human weakness. God works through us despite our imperfections, and as a point of clarification, this is not an excuse for doing nothing to overcome a weakness; rather, it is recognizing the difference between weaknesses and thorns in the flesh that we can conquer and those we cannot.
If we admit our weaknesses, we begin to come to terms with God’s grace, and when we experience God’s grace, we can help others who are dealing with their own weaknesses and thorns in the flesh:  We need God and one another. We do not have to strive to be somebody we are not. God takes us as we are and works through us as we are and transforms each one of us in a unique way unto the Image of Christ, despite our thorns in the flesh.