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St. Louis IX

King, Confessor

August 25

Epistle  •  Wisdom 10:10-14

Lesson from the Book of Wisdom.

[The Lord guided the just in the same manner as His Wisdom guided the holy fathers]

The Lord conducted the just through the right ways, and showed him the Kingdom of God, and gave him the knowledge of the holy things, made him honorable in his labors, and accomplished his labors. In the deceit of them that overreached him He stood by him, and made him honorable. He kept him safe from his enemies, and He defended him from seducers and gave him a strong conflict, that he might overcome and know that wisdom is mightier than all.

He forsook not the just when he was sold, but delivered him from sinners: He went down with him into the pit, and in bands He left him not, till He brought him the scepter of the kingdom, and power against them that oppressed him: and showed them to be liars that had accused him: and the Lord our God gave him everlasting glory.

Gospel  •  Luke 19:12-26

Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Luke.  

[The parable of the pounds.]

At that time, Jesus spoke this parable to His disciples: A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.  And calling his ten servants, he gave them ten pounds: and said to them: Trade till I come.  But his citizens hated him; and they sent an embassage after him, saying:  We will not have this man to reign over us. 

And it came to pass that he returned, having received the kingdom:  and he commanded his servants to be called to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.  And the first came, saying:  Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds: and he said to him: Well done, thou good servant, because thou hast been faithful in a little, thou shalt have power over ten cities.  And the second came, saying: Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds; and he said to him:  Be thou also over five cities. 

And another came, saying: Lord, behold here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin; for I feared thee, because thou art an austere man; thou takest up what thou didst not lay down, and thou reapest that which thou didst not sow. He saith to him:  Out of thy own mouth I judge thee, thou wicked servant.  Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up what I laid not down, and thou reapest that which thou did not sow: and why then didst thou not give my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have exacted it with usury? 

And he said to them that stood by:  Take the pound away from him, and give it to him that hath the ten pounds.  And they said to him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.  But I say to you, that to every one that hath, shall be given, and he shall abound, and from him that hath not, even that which he hath, shall be taken from him.

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