(Week 23 of the year: Friday)
For if I preach the gospel, it is no glory to me, for a necessity lieth upon me: for woe is unto me if I preach not the gospel.
For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation is committed to me:
What is my reward then? That preaching the gospel, I may deliver the gospel without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.
For whereas I was free as to all, I made myself the servant of all, that I might gain the more.
To the weak I became weak, that I might gain the weak. I became all things to all men, that I might save all.
And I do all things for the gospel’s sake: that I may be made partaker thereof.
Know you not that they that run in the race, all run indeed, but one receiveth the prize? So run that you may obtain.
And every one that striveth for the mastery, refraineth himself from all things: and they indeed that they may receive a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible one.
I therefore so run, not as at an uncertainty: I so fight, not as one beating the air:
But I chastise my body, and bring it into subjection: lest perhaps, when I have preached to others, I myself should become a castaway.
V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.