13 Mon Jun 2011
For 13 June 2011, St. Anthony of Padua, based on 2 Corinthians 6:1-10
As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says, â€œAt an acceptable time I have listened to you, and on a day of salvation I have helped you.â€ See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation! We are putting no obstacle in anyoneâ€™s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and seeâ€”we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.