Monday, June 21, 2021
St. Antoninus, martyr of Alexandria,
St. Theophilus, martyr of Libya,
St. Anicetus, martyr of Nicomedia,
St. Potinus, martyr of Nicomedia
II Timothy 3:10-15
 But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,
and no torment will ever touch them.
 In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died,
and their departure was thought to be an affliction,
 and their going from us to be their destruction;
but they are at peace.
 For though in the sight of men they were punished,
their hope is full of immortality.
 Having been disciplined a little, they will receive great good,
because God tested them and found them worthy of himself;
 like gold in the furnace he tried them,
and like a sacrificial burnt offering he accepted them.
 In the time of their visitation they will shine forth,
and will run like sparks through the stubble.
 They will govern nations and rule over peoples,
and the Lord will reign over them for ever.
 Draw near to me, hear this:
from the beginning I have not spoken in secret,
from the time it came to be I have been there.”
And now the Lord GOD has sent me and his Spirit.
 Thus says the LORD,
your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
“I am the LORD your God,
who teaches you to profit,
who leads you in the way you should go.
II Timothy 3:10-15
 Now you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness,
 my persecutions, my sufferings, what befell me at Antioch, at Ico’nium, and at Lystra, what persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me.
 Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,
 while evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived.
 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it
 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
 Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
 You are my friends if you do what I command you.
 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.
 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.
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