Epistle • Wisdom 10:10-14Lesson 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 those that oppressed him; and showed them to be liars that had accused him: and the Lord our God gave him everlasting glory.
Gospel • Matthew 10:34-42
Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.
[I came not to send peace. It is better to lose our earthly life than to forfeit eternal life. All humble service will be rewarded in Heaven.]
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: Do not think that I came to send peace upon earth: I came not to send peace, but the sword. For I came to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a mans enemies shall be they of his own household.
He that loveth father or mother more than Me, is not worthy of Me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than Me, is not worthy of Me. And he that taketh not up his cross and followeth Me, is not worthy of Me.
He that findeth his life, shall lose it: and he that shall lose his life for Me, shall find it. He that receiveth you, receiveth Me: and he that receiveth Me, receiveth Him that sent Me. He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet, shall receive the reward of a prophet: and he that receiveth a just man in the name of a just man, shall receive the reward of a just man. And whosoever shall give to drink to one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, amen I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.
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