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Great things

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)

Benjamin Carson is known as the first neurosurgeon to separate two Siamese twins combined for the head. The origins of its success are to be found elsewhere. His path began during adolescence, when he experienced serious difficulties due to his father's absence. One morning, while he was at the church with his elder brother, he listened to the preaching including crucial things for his future. The pastor told of a couple of medical missionaries in Africa, from that story the boy understood he wanted to do the same thing. Today, Benjamin is a well-known neurosurgeon and runs missionary camps all over the world, where he provides assistance to the needy. His story has become a movie (The gift). Anyone who is hungry for God will be satisfied. If we let ourselves be guided by the Lord beyond our abilities we will discover His faithfulness, and above all if we allow ourselves to be shaped by His wise hands we can become His masterpieces. The apostle Paul reminds us that He is pleased to manifest His power in our weakness (1 Corinthians 12:9), so when we are weak if we surrender to Him we discover His power. It is therefore essential that in order to become great it is necessary to become small, like the Baptist, and leave the scene to him. The editor of the gospel presents us to Jesus totally immersed in the work for which he had come, taken from fully carrying out the will of the Father. The Galilean Master has no respite or seeks rest, He "went around all the cities and villages". His pilgrimage was not empty, but with a clear roadmap he proceeded "teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people" (Matthew 4:23). What else could he do? In his humanity he has fulfilled what was in his possibilities, and as a man he has never felt satisfied. Looking at those crowds that he was trying to satisfy, he does not have a sense of pleasure, but sees all their needs not yet reached. He notes that they are "tired and scattered, like sheep without a shepherd". As a good shepherd, he does not give up at all, he feels compassion, that is, he feels their pain, their sufferings, he perceives their expectations. How different is the service of the Lord and how much we have to learn from Him every day to "do to others what we would like to have done to us". Man in himself is naturally vitiated by the irresistible instinct of putting himself before God and making his personal interests prevail. This is why he strongly needs the grace of God. In his own path of growth, everyone should have the humble Pauline consideration that despite the effort and the effort is not always possible in what one would like to do. "For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice"(Romans 7:19). But this does not have to produce a sterile immobility or a useless crying. Just as Paul expressed to the Philippians his trust in God, who "will provide for your every need, according to his glorious riches, in Christ Jesus", let us try to do the same. And when we really do not know what to do, we leave the Spirit the power to do His will in us, and above all to come to our aid (Romans 8:26). Come, Holy Spirit, and do great things through us.

Memory On June 3, 1576, Giovanni Diodati was born in Geneva. His fame is especially due to his translation of the Bible into Italian (1607) and French (1644), the first to be read by many Italians. Devotional 22/2018 Weekly Bible reading plan 28th May 2 Chronicles 4-6; John 10: 24-42 29yh May 2Cronicles 7-9; John 11: 1-29 30th May 2 Chronicles 10-12; John 11: 30-57 31th May 2 Chronicles 13-14; John 12: 1-26 1st June 2 Chronicles 15-16; John 12: 27-50 2nd June 2 Chronicles 17-18; John 13: 1-20 3rd June 2 Chronicles 19-20; John 13: 21-38

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