Epistle • 2 Corinthians 9:6-10
Lesson from the second Epistle of Blessed Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians.
[An exhortation to almsgiving.]
Brethren, he who soweth sparingly, shall also reap sparingly: and he who soweth in blessings, shall reap of blessings. Every one as he hath determined in his heart; not with sadness, or necessity; for God loveth a cheerful giver.
And God is able to make all grace abound in you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work; as it is written, He hath dispersed abroad, He hath given to the poor: His justice remaineth for ever. And He that ministereth seed to the sower, will both give you bread to eat, and will multiply your seed, and increase the growth of the fruits of your justice.
Gospel • John 12:24-26
Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. John.
[If the grain of wheat (the Martyr) die, it bringeth forth much fruit.]
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: Amen, amen, I say to you, unless the grain of wheat falling into the ground, die, itself remaineth alone; but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world keepeth it unto life eternal.
If any man minister to Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there also shall My minister be. If any man minister to Me, him will My Father honor.Read a Brief Summary: St. Lawrence – Martyr