St. John Leonard
Epistle • 2 Corinthians 4:1-6, 15-18
Lesson from the second Epistle of Blessed Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians.
[The sincerity of his preaching; his comfort in his afflictions.]
Brethren: seeing we have this ministration, according as we have obtained mercy, we faint not; but we renounce the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, not adulterating the word of God: but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every mans conscience, in the sight of God.
And if our gospel be also hid, it is hid to them that are lost, in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of unbelievers, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, Who is the image of God, should not shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Jesus Christ our Lord; and ourselves your servants through Jesus. For God, Who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God, in the face of Christ Jesus.
For all things are for your sakes; that the grace abounding through many, may abound in thanksgiving unto the glory of God. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man is corrupted, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For that which is at present momentary and light of our tribulation, worketh for us above measure exceedingly an eternal weight of glory. While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen, are temporal; but the things which are not seen, are eternal.
Gospel • Luke 10:1-9
Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Luke.
[Christ sends forth and instructs His seventy-two disciples.]
At that time, the Lord appointed also other seventy-two; and He sent them two and two before His face into every city and place whither He Himself was to come. And He said to them: The harvest indeed is great, but the laborers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest that He send laborers into His harvest.
Go, behold I send you as lambs among wolves. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes; and salute no man by the way. Into whatsoever house you enter, first say: Peace be to this house: and if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon him: but if not, it shall return to you, and in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they have: for the laborer is worthy of his hire.
Remove not from house to house. And into what city soever you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you; and heal the sick that are therein; and say to them: The Kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.
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