St. John Baptist de la Salle
Epistle • Ecclesiasticus 31:8-11
Lesson from the Book of Ecclesiasticus.
[The just man that hath not gone after earthly things is praised on earth and shall have glory everlasting.]
Blessed is the man that is found without blemish, and that hath not gone after gold, nor put his trust in money nor in treasures. Who is he, and we will praise him? for he hath done wonderful things in his life. Who hath been tried thereby, and made perfect, he shall have glory everlasting: he that could have transgressed, and hath not transgressed: and could do evil things, and hath not done them: therefore are his goods established in the Lord, and all the Church of the Saints shall declare his alms.
Gospel • Matthew 18:1-5
Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.
[Christ teaches humility to His followers.]
At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying: Who thinkest Thou is the greater in the Kingdom of Heaven? And Jesus, calling unto Him a little child, set him in the midst of them and said: Amen I say to you, unless you be converted and become as little children, you shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, he is the greater in the Kingdom of Heaven. And He that shall receive one such little child in My Name, receiveth Me.
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