St. Tiburtius and St. Susanna
Epistle • Hebrews 11:33-39
Lesson from the Epistle of Blessed Paul the Apostle to the Hebrews
[Wonderful fruits and efficacy of Faith.]
Brethren, The Saints through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, recovered strength from weakness, became valiant in battle, put to flight the armies of foreigners: women received their dead raised to life again:
but others were racked, not accepting deliverance, that they might find a better resurrection; and others had trial of mockeries and stripes, moreover also of bands and prisons: they were stoned, they were cut asunder, they were tempted, they were put to death by the sword, they wandered about in sheep-skins, and in goat-skins, being in want, distressed, afflicted, of whom the world was not worthy; wandering in deserts, in mountains, and in dens, and in caves of the earth.
And all these were found approved by the testimony of faith, in Christ Jesus Our Lord.
Gospel • Luke 12:1-8
Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Luke.
[Christ warns us against the fear of the world, and covetousness: and admonishes all to watch.]
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. For there is nothing covered that shall not be revealed: nor hidden that shall not be known. For whatsoever things you have spoken in darkness shall be published in the light: and that which you have spoken in the ear in the chambers, shall be preached on the housetops.
And I say to you, My friends: Be not afraid of them who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do. But I will show you whom you shall fear: Fear ye him who, after he hath killed, hath power to cast into hell. Yea, I say to you: Fear him.
Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? Yea, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: you are of more value than many sparrows.
And I say to you: Whosoever shall confess Me before men, him shall the Son of Man also confess before the Angels of God.