St. Augustine of Canterbury
Epistle • 1 Thessalonians 2:2-9Lesson from the first Epistle of Blessed Paul the Apostle to the Thessalonians. Brethren, we had confidence in our God to speak unto you the Gospel of God in much carefulness. For our exhortation was not of error, nor of uncleanness, nor in deceit. But as we were approved by God that the Gospel should be committed to us, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God, who proveth our hearts. For neither have we used at any time the speech of flattery, as you know; nor taken an occasion of covetousness, God is witness; nor sought we glory of men, neither of you, nor of others. Whereas we might have been burdensome to you, as the Apostles of Christ: but we became little ones in the midst of you, as if a nurse would cherish her children; so desirous of you we should gladly impart unto you not only the Gospel of God, but also our own souls; because you were become most dear unto us. For, you remember, brethren, our labor and toil: working night and day lest we should be chargeable to any of you, we preached unto you the Gospel of God.
Gospel • Matthew 13:44-52
Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.
[The parables of the hidden treasure, of the pearl of great price and of the net cast into the sea.]
At that time, Jesus spoke to His disciples, this parable: The Kingdom of Heaven is like unto a treasure hidden in a field. Which a man having found, hid it, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. Again the Kingdom of Heaven is like to a merchant seeking good pearls. Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went his way, and sold all that he had, and bought it.
Again the Kingdom of Heaven is like to a net cast into the sea, and gathering together of all kind of fishes. Which, when it was filled, they drew out, and sitting by the shore, they chose out the good into vessels, but the bad they cast forth.
So shall it be at the end of the world: the Angels shall go out, and shall separate the wicked from among the just, and shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Have ye understood all these things? They say to Him: Yes. He said unto them: Therefore every scribe instructed in the Kingdom of Heaven is like to a man that is a householder, who bringeth forth out of his treasure new things and old.
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