Saints Vitus, Modestus and Crescentia
Epistle • Wisdom 3:1-8
Lesson from the Book of Wisdom.
[God proves the just as gold in the furnace, but as a holocaust He receives them into eternal happiness.]
The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and the torment of death shall not touch them. In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die: and their departure was taken for misery; and their going away from us for utter destruction: but they are in peace. And though in the sight of men they suffered torments, their hope is full of immortality.
Afflicted in few things, in many they shall be well rewarded: because God hath tried them, and found them worthy of Himself. As gold in the furnace He hath proved them, and as victim of a holocaust He hath received them, and in time there shall be respect had to them. The just shall shine, and shall run to and fro like sparks among the reeds. They shall judge nations and rule over people, and their Lord shall reign for ever.
Gospel • Luke 10:16-20
Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Luke.
[Christ sends forth His disciples with the power of working miracles.]
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: He that heareth you, heareth Me; and he that despiseth you, despiseth Me; and he that despiseth Me, despiseth Him that sent Me. And the seventy-two returned with joy, saying: Lord, the devils also are subject to us in Thy Name.
And He said to them: I saw Satan like lightning falling from Heaven. Behold, I have given you power to tread upon serpents, and scorpions, and upon all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall hurt you. But yet rejoice not in this, that spirits are subject to you; but rejoice in this, that your names are written in Heaven.