Book of Jeremiah 18:18-20.
The people of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem said, «Come, let us contrive a plot against Jeremiah. It will not mean the loss of instruction from the priests, nor of counsel from the wise, nor of messages from the prophets. And so, let us destroy him by his own tongue; let us carefully note his every word.»
Heed me, O LORD, and listen to what my adversaries say. Must good be repaid with evil that they should dig a pit to take my life? Remember that I stood before you to speak in their behalf, to turn away your wrath from them.
Free me from the net they have set for me,
for you are my
Into your hands I commend my spirit;
you will redeem me, LORD, faithful God.
I hear the whispers of the crowd;
terrors are all around me.
They conspire against me;
they plot to take my
But I trust in you, LORD;
I say, "You are my God."
My times are in your hands;
rescue me from my enemies,
from the hands of my pursuers.
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 20:17-28.
As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the Twelve disciples aside by themselves, and said to them on the way. "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and scourged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day."
Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee
approached him with her sons and did him homage, wishing to ask him for something. He said to
her, "What do you wish?" She answered him, "Command that these two sons of mine sit, one at your
right and the other at your left, in your kingdom." Jesus said in reply, "You do not know what
you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink?" They said to him, "We can."
He replied, "My cup you will indeed drink, but to sit at my right and at my left (, this) is not mine to give but is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father."
When the ten heard this, they became indignant at the two brothers. But Jesus summoned them and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and the great ones make their authority over them felt. But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave. Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many."
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