St. Paul: Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities (Sermon, audio)

13 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”
14 So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed[a] in heaven.” (Mt. 16:13-19)

[St. Paul:] I will not boast, except in my infirmities. (2 Cor. 12:5b) 

To access the homily, the inspired, liturgical word:,2corinthians11-21-12-9.mp3

Notes on the Sermon
“Who do you say that I am?” Only an answer with conviction, desire, and intent to live according to the confession will suffice. Peter’s confession was genuine, though later he failed; after failing, he repented. Always remembering his failure, St. Peter became intensely humble. He asked to be crucified upside down, counting himself unworthy of being crucified like Christ. We must own two things: that we are weak- without Him we can do nothing- and that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, is great. Affirming these two things, we will conquer.

1 Response to “St. Paul: Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities (Sermon, audio)”

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