A reading from the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians.
Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh – a messenger of Satan to beat me – to keep me from exalting myself! Three times I begged God that it might leave me. And God said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am content with weakness, with mistreatment, with distress, with persecutions and difficulties for the sake of Christ; when I am powerless, it is then that I am strong.
The Word of God recorded in the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians.