St. Peter of Alcantara
Epistle • Philippians 3:7-12
Lesson from the Epistle of Blessed Paul the Apostle to the Philippians.
[St. Paul counts all other things loss, that he may gain Christ.]
Brethren, the things that were gain to me, the same I have counted loss for Christ. Furthermore, I count all things to be but loss, for the excellent knowledge of Jesus Christ my Lord; for Whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but as dung, that I may win Christ; and may be found in Him, not having my justice, which is of the law, but that which is of the faith of Christ Jesus, which is of God, justice in faith:
that I may know Him, and the power of His Resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings; being made conformable to His death, if by any means I may attain to the resurrection which is from the dead; not as though I had already attained, or were already perfect; but I follow after, if I may by any means apprehend wherein I am also apprehended by Christ Jesus.
Gospel • Luke 12:32-34
Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Luke.
[Be not solicitous for earthly things, but make to yourselves a treasure in Heaven.]
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: Fear not, little flock, for it hath pleased your Father to give you a kingdom. Sell what you possess, and give alms. Make to yourselves bags which grow not old, a treasure in Heaven which faileth not: where no thief approacheth, nor moth corrupteth. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
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