( July 16, 2018 ) Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 10:7-15

Jesus said to his Apostles: 
"Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. 
I have come to bring not peace but the sword. 
For I have come to set 
          a man against his father, 
                    a daughter against her mother, 
          and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; 
                    and one's enemies will be those of his household. 
"Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, 
          and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 
          and whoever does not take up his cross 
          and follow after me is not worthy of me. 
Whoever finds his life will lose it, 
          and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 
"Whoever receives you receives me, 
          and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. 
Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet 
          will receive a prophet's reward, 
          and whoever receives a righteous man 
          because he is righteous  
          will receive a righteous man's reward. 
And whoever gives only a cup of cold water 
          to one of these little ones to drink 
          because he is a disciple– 
          amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward." 
When Jesus finished giving these commands to his Twelve disciples, 
          he went away from that place to teach and to preach in their towns.

( July 15, 2018 ) Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 6:7-13

Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two 
and gave them authority over unclean spirits.  
He instructed them to take nothing for the journey 
but a walking stick -- 
no food, no sack, no money in their belts.  
They were, however, to wear sandals 
but not a second tunic.  
He said to them, 
"Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave.  
Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you, 
leave there and shake the dust off your feet 
in testimony against them." 
 So they went off and preached repentance.  
The Twelve drove out many demons, 
and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.

( July 14, 2018 ) Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 10:24-33

Jesus said to his apostles, “A student is not above his teacher, or a slave above his master. A student should be glad to become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If the head of the family has been called Beelzebul, how much more the members of the family! So, do not be afraid of them.

“There is nothing covered that will not be uncovered, and nothing hidden that will not be made known. What I am telling you in the dark, you must speak in the light. What you hear in private, proclaim from the housetops.

“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body, but have no power to kill the soul. Rather be afraid of him who can destroy both body and soul in hell. For only a few cents you can buy two sparrows, yet not one sparrow falls to the ground without your Father’s consent. As for you, every hair of your head has been counted. So do not be afraid: you are worth much more than many sparrows.

“Whoever acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my Father in heaven. Whoever rejects me before others I will reject before my Father in heaven.”

( July 13, 2018 ) Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 10:16-23

 Jesus said to his disciples, "Look, I send you out like sheep among wolves. You must be clever as snakes and innocent as doves. Be on your guard with respect to people, for they will hand you over to their courts and they will flog you in their synagogues. You will be brought to trial before rulers and kings because of me, and so you may witness to them and the pagans.

But when you are arrested, do not worry about what you are to say and how you are to say it; when the hour comes, you will be given what you are to say. For it is not you who will speak; but it will be the Spirit of your Father in you.

 Brother will hand over brother to death, and a father his child; children will turn against parents and have them put to death. Everyone will hate you because of me, but whoever stands firm to the end will be saved.

 When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next. For sure, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes."

( July 12, 2018 ) Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 10:7-15

Jesus said to his disciples, "Go and proclaim this message: The kingdom of heaven is near. Heal the sick, bring the dead back to life, cleanse the lepers, and drive out demons. You received this as a gift, so give it as a gift. Do not carry any gold, silver or copper in your purses. Do not carry a traveler's bag, or an extra shirt, or sandals, or walking-stick: workers deserve their living.

When you come to a town or a village, look for a worthy person and stay there until you leave.

As you enter the house, wish it peace. If the people in the house deserve it, your peace will be on them; if they do not deserve it, your blessing will come back to you.

And if you are not welcomed and your words are not listened to, leave that house or that town and shake the dust off your feet. I assure you, it will go easier for the people of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than it will for the people of that town."