Second Reading 2 COR 4:13—5:1
Brothers and sisters: Since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, I believed, therefore I spoke, we too believe and therefore we speak, knowing that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and place us with you in his presence. Everything indeed is for you, so that the grace bestowed in abundance on more and more people may cause the thanksgiving to overflow for the glory of God. Therefore, we are not discouraged; rather, although our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this momentary light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to what is seen but to what is unseen; for what is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal. For we know that if our earthly dwelling, a tent, should be destroyed, we have a building from God, a dwelling not made with hands, eternal in heaven.
The second reading today reminds us not to be discouraged as our affliction is temporary. There may be times when our ‘tent’ gets blown away during the storms of this world. If you are feeling lost, it is okay. God has given us priests, a compass to His castle in a not so far away place called Heaven.
We pray today by taking a moment of silence as we embrace God’s presence. Especially, in Holy Mass as our ‘outer self is wasting away’ we ‘renew’ ourselves through the Holy Eucharist.