Today we celebrate the Memorial of Saint Anthony of Padua, a wildly popular preacher in the early 1200s, known as the “hammer of heretics” because of his persuasive, knowledgeable oratory, aided by a loudspeaker of a voice. In fact, his gift for preaching was discovered by accident when he was plugged in to give a last-minute homily. The accidental discovery of his gifts shows that God’s grace can enter the world through the side door. Take a moment in honor of Saint Anthony to consider the ways God’s grace has appeared unexpectedly in your own life.
Today’s readings:2 Corinthians 3:15—4:1,3-6; Matthew 5:20-26 (362).
“For God who said, Let light shine out of darkness, has shone in our hearts.”
Prepare the Word