Epistle • 2 Corinthians 1:3-7
Lesson from the second Epistle of Blessed Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians.
[The consolation that comes from God comforts us in all our tribulations.]
Brethren, Blessed be the God and Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort, Who comforteth us in all our tribulation: that we also may be able to comfort them who are in all distress, by the exhortation wherewith we also are exhorted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us: so also by Christ doth our comfort abound.
Now whether we be in tribulation, it is for your exhortation and salvation: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation: or whether we be exhorted, it is for your exhortation and salvation, which worketh the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer.
That our hope for you may be steadfast: knowing that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so shall you be also of the consolation, in Christ Jesus Our Lord.
Gospel • Matthew 16:24-27
Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.
[All the followers of Christ must, like the Martyrs, deny themselves.]
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For he that will save his life, shall lose it: and he that shall lose his life for My sake, shall find it.
For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his own soul? Or what exchange shall a man give for his soul? For the Son of Man shall come in the glory of His Father with His Angels: and then will He render to every man according to his works.