Letter to the Romans 6:19-23.
I am speaking in human terms because of
the weakness of your nature. For just as you presented the parts of your bodies as slaves to
impurity and to lawlessness for lawless ness, so now present them as slaves to righteousness for
For when you were slaves of sin, you
were free from righteousness.
But what profit did you
get then from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is
But now that you have been freed from sin and
have become slaves of God, the benefit that you have leads to sanctification, and its end is eternal
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of
God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Happy those who do not follow the counsel of the wicked, Nor go the way
of sinners, nor sit in company with scoffers.
the law of the LORD is their joy; God's law they study day and night.
They are like a tree planted near streams of water, that yields its
fruit in season; Its leaves never wither; whatever they do prospers.
But not the wicked! They are like chaff driven by the
LORD watches over the way of the just, but the way of the wicked leads to ruin.
Holy Gospel of Jesus
Christ according to Saint Luke 12:49-53.
I have come to set the earth on fire, and how
I wish it were already blazing!
There is a baptism with which
I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished!
Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I
tell you, but rather division.
From now on a household
of five will be divided, three against two and two against three;
a father will be divided against his son and a son against his father, a mother against
her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a
daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law."