7 Nov 2016
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.
Peter began to say to Jesus, â€œLook, we have left everything and followed you.â€ Jesus said, â€œTruly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this ageâ€”houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields with persecutionsâ€”and in the age to come eternal life.
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.