“The Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles.”

2 Corinthians 1:3-5 

Thursday, 1 July 2021

2 Corinthians 1:3-5

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-5)

Many of us are at the moment listening to relatives and friends who are struggling. Perhaps we are phoning friends who are isolating at home to check in on them. We may be taking calls from friends who are worried about family members in the hospital or from some who have lost someone close to them. We are being confronted relentlessly with suffering as medical workers, priests or pastors. As we try to stay compassionately present, we may feel a deep sense of sadness or overwhelm.

We need to be consoled by “the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.” We, too, need to receive comfort so that we can be there to comfort those who grieve. This idea of comfort is a powerful one. It is a sense of healing balm in the place that hurts.

What word of comfort do you need to hear from God today to be able to offer others comfort?

Loving God,

Comforter, draw close to me today, That I may feel you take my hands in yours, Or sense the touch of your hands on my shoulders, That I may hear you whisper the words my heart yearns to hear. May I know your comfort and, in turn, bring its healing balm to those around me.

Amen.

 
Dr Annemarie Paulin-Campbell

Dr Annemarie Paulin-Campbell has worked in the area of Ignatian Spirituality for 19 years and heads up the work of the Jesuit Institute School of Spirituality. Her primary focus is the training and supervision of spiritual directors and the giving of retreats. She is also a registered Psychologist and her PhD focused on the interface between Christian Spirituality and Psychology. Annemarie is an editorial advisor to “The Way” journal of Spirituality and has authored a number of articles relating to the training of Spiritual Directors in an African context. She has contributed to several books, most recently co-authoring a book of Lenten Reflections: “Long Journey to the Resurrection”. She has contributed to international conferences and consultations in Spirituality in the United Kingdom; the United States; Rome; Spain, Ethiopia, Kenya and Zimbabwe.

a.paulin-campbell@jesuitinstitute.org.za @annemariepc_c
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