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St. Joseph of Cupertino

Confessor

September 18

Epistle  •  1 Corinthians 13:1-8

Lesson from the first Epistle of Blessed Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians.

[The Faith of which St. Paul speaks is as naught without charity:  “If I should have faith capable of removing mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.” The merits of our works, as well as the light which illuminates our souls, are in proportion to our charity.]

Brethren: If I speak with the tongues of men and of Angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal. And if I should have prophecy, and should know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I should have all faith so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And if I should distribute all my goods to feed the poor, and if I should deliver my body to be burned and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. 

Charity is patient, is kind: Charity envieth not, dealeth not perversely, is not puffed up, is not ambitious, seeketh not her own, is not provoked to anger, thinketh no evil, rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth with the truth:  beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never falleth away: whether prophecies shall be made void, or tongues shall cease, or knowledge shall be destroyed.



Gospel  •  Matthew 22:1-14

Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.  

[Parable of the marriage guests. All men are called to the heavenly, beatific union, but few are chosen: those who wear the nuptial robe of Baptism and of the state of grace.]

At that time, Jesus spoke to the chief priests and the Pharisees in parables, saying: The Kingdom of Heaven is likened to a king, who made a marriage for his son; and he sent his servants, to call them that were invited to the marriage, and they would not come. Again he sent other servants, saying:  Tell them that were invited: Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my beeves and fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come ye to the marriage. But they neglected: and went their ways, one to his farm, and another to his merchandise: and the rest laid hands on his servants, and having treated them contumeliously, put them to death.

But when the king had heard of it, he was angry; and sending his armies, he destroyed those murderers, and burnt their city. Then he saith to his servants: The marriage indeed is ready, but they that were invited were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the high ways, and as many as you shall find, call to the marriage. And his servants going forth into the ways, gathered together all that they found, both bad and good; and the marriage was filled with guests.

And the king went in to see the guests; and he saw there a man who had not on a wedding garment: and he saith to him: Friend, how camest thou in hither, not having on a wedding garment? But he was silent. Then the king said to the waiters:  Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the exterior darkness:  there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.

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