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St. Hermenegild


April 13

Epistle  •  Wisdom 5:1-5

Lesson from the Book of Wisdom.

[The fruitless repentance of the wicked in another world; the reward of the just.]

Then shall the just stand with great constancy against those that have afflicted them and taken away their labors. These seeing it, shall be troubled with terrible fear, and shall be amazed at the suddenness of their unexpected salvation, saying within themselves, repenting, and groaning for anguish of spirit:

These are they whom we had some time in derision and for a parable of reproach. We fools esteemed their life madness and their end without honor; behold how they are numbered among the children of God, and their lot is among the Saints.

Gospel  •  Luke 14:26-33

Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Luke.  

[The necessity of renouncing all to follow Christ. The Martyr carries His cross.]

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: If any man come to Me, and hate not his father and mother and wife and children and brethren and sisters, yea and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And whosoever doth not carry his cross and come after Me, cannot be My disciple.

For which of you, having a mind to build a tower, doth not first sit down and reckon the charges that are necessary, whether he have wherewithal to finish it: lest, after he hath laid the foundation and is not able to finish it, all that see it begin to mock him, saying: This man began to build and was not able to finish?

Or what king about to go to make war against another king, doth not first sit down and think whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that with twenty thousand cometh against him? Or else, while the other is yet afar off, sending an embassy, he desireth conditions of peace.

So likewise every one of you that doth not renounce all that he possesseth cannot be My disciple.

Read a Brief Summary: St. Hermenegild – Martyr