Epistle • 2 Corinthians 8:9-15
Lesson from the second Epistle of Blessed Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians.
[The Apostle exhorts the Christians to contribute bountifully to relieve the poor.]Brethren, You know the grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ, that, being rich, He became poor for your sakes; that through His poverty you might be rich. And herein I give my counsel: for this is profitable for you, who have begun not only to do, but also to be willing, a year ago; now therefore perform it also in deed: that, as your mind is forward to be willing, so it may be also to perform, out of that which you have. For if the will be forward, it is accepted according to that which a man hath, not according to that which he hath not.
For I mean not that others should be eased, and you burdened, but by an equality. In this present time let your abundance supply their want, that their abundance also may supply your want; that there may be an equality, as it is written: He that had much, had nothing over; and he that had little, had no want.
Gospel • Luke 12:32-34
Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Luke.
[Be not solicitous for earthly things, but make to yourselves a treasure in Heaven.]
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: Fear not, little flock, for it hath pleased your Father to give you a kingdom. Sell what you possess, and give alms. Make to yourselves bags which grow not old, a treasure in Heaven which faileth not: where no thief approacheth, nor moth corrupteth. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
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