January 15

Matthew 10:26-11:6

Therefore donít be afraid of them, for there is nothing covered that will not be revealed; and hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in the ear, proclaim on the housetops. Donít be afraid of those who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul. Rather, fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.

ďArenít two sparrows sold for an assarion coin? Not one of them falls on the ground apart from your Fatherís will, but the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Therefore donít be afraid. You are of more value than many sparrows. Everyone therefore who confesses me before men, him I will also confess before my Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies me before men, him I will also deny before my Father who is in heaven.

ďDonít think that I came to send peace on the earth. I didnít come to send peace, but a sword. For I came to set a man at odds against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. A manís foes will be those of his own household. He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me isnít worthy of me. He who doesnít take his cross and follow after me, isnít worthy of me. He who seeks his life will lose it; and he who loses his life for my sake will find it. He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives him who sent me. He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophetís reward. He who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man will receive a righteous manís reward. Whoever gives one of these little ones just a cup of cold water to drink in the name of a disciple, most certainly I tell you he will in no way lose his reward.Ē

When Jesus had finished directing his twelve disciples, he departed from there to teach and preach in their cities. Now when John heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples and said to him, ďAre you he who comes, or should we look for another?Ē

Jesus answered them, ďGo and tell John the things which you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. Blessed is he who finds no occasion for stumbling in me.Ē