From our New Testament reading, from 1 Corinthians: ‘Necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!’

St John Chrysostom commented: ‘Thus we must understand the expression, for necessity is laid upon me; not as though he did anything of these things against his will, God forbid, but as though he were bound by the things commanded, and for contradistinction to the liberty in receiving before mentioned. Wherefore also Christ said to the disciples, “When you have done all, say, We are unprofitable servants; for we have done that which was our duty to do”’.

We preach the Gospel not only by words, but also by our lives, and the choices we make, which others may and do observe. May our lives increasingly reflect His glory, and may God bless you this day.