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The Gospel According to Matthew

** The Gospel of Matthew **
[Matthew 1] {1:1} The book of the lineage of Jesus Christ,  the  son of David,  the  son of Abraham. {1:2} Abraham  conceived Isaac. And Isaac conceived Jacob. And Jacob conceived Judah and  his brothers. {1:3} And Judah conceived Perez and Zerah by Tamar. And Perez conceived Hezron. And Hezron conceived Ram. {1:4} And Ram  conceived Amminadab. And Amminadab conceived  Nahshon. And Nahshon conceived  Salmon. {1:5} And  Salmon  conceived Boaz by Rahab.  And Boaz conceived  Obed by Ruth. And Obed conceived Jesse. {1:6} And Jesse  conceived king David. And king David conceived Solomon,  by her who had been the wife of Uriah. {1:7} And Solomon  conceived Rehoboam. And  Rehoboam conceived  Abijah.  And  Abijah conceived  Asa. {1:8} And Asa conceived  Jehoshaphat. And Jehoshaphat conceived Joram. And Joram conceived Uzziah. {1:9} And Uzziah conceived Jotham. And Jotham conceived Ahaz. And Ahaz conceived Hezekiah. {1:10} And Hezekiah conceived Manasseh. And Manasseh  conceived Amos. And Amos conceived Josiah. {1:11} And  Josiah conceived Jechoniah  and his brothers in the transmigration of Babylon. {1:12} And after the transmigration of Babylon, Jechoniah  conceived Shealtiel. And Shealtiel conceived Zerubbabel. {1:13} And Zerubbabel conceived Abiud. And Abiud conceived Eliakim. And  Eliakim conceived Azor. {1:14} And Azor conceived Zadok. And Zadok conceived Achim. And Achim conceived Eliud.  {1:15} And Eliud conceived Eleazar. And Eleazar conceived  Matthan. And Matthan conceived Jacob. {1:16} And Jacob conceived Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. {1:17} And so, all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from  David to the transmigration of Babylon, fourteen generations;  and from the transmigration  of Babylon to the Christ,  fourteen generations.  {1:18} Now the procreation  of the  Christ occurred in this way. After his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they lived together, she was found  to have conceived in her womb by the Holy Spirit.  {1:19} Then Joseph, her husband, since he was just and was not  willing to hand her over,  preferred to send her away secretly. {1:20} But while thinking over these things, behold, an Angel of the Lord appeared to him in his sleep, saying:  “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to accept Mary as your wife. For what has been formed in her is of the Holy Spirit. {1:21} And she shall give birth to a son. And you shall  call his name JESUS. For he shall accomplish the salvation  of his people from their sins.” {1:22} Now all this occurred in order to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the  prophet, saying: {1:23} “Behold, a virgin shall conceive in her womb, and she shall give birth to a son. And they shall  call his name Emmanuel,  which means: God  is with us.”  {1:24} Then Joseph, arising from sleep, did just as the Angel  of the Lord had instructed him, and he accepted her as his  wife. {1:25} And he knew her not, yet she bore her son, the  firstborn. And he called his name JESUS. 
[Matthew 2] {2:1} And so,  when Jesus had been born in Bethlehem of Judah, in the days of king Herod, behold, Magi  from the east arrived in Jerusalem, {2:2} saying: “Where is  he who was born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and we have come to adore him.” {2:3} Now  king Herod, hearing  this, was disturbed,  and  all Jerusalem  with him. {2:4} And gathering together all the leaders of the  priests, and the scribes of the people, he consulted with them  as to where the Christ would be born. {2:5} And they said to him: “In Bethlehem of Judea. For so it has been written by the prophet: {2:6} ‘And you, Bethlehem, the land of Judah,  are by no means least among the leaders of Judah. For from  you shall go forth the ruler who shall guide my people Israel.’ ” {2:7} Then Herod, quietly  calling the  Magi, diligently learned from them the time when the star appeared  to them. {2:8} And sending them into Bethlehem, he said: “Go and diligently ask questions about the boy. And when you have found him, report back to me, so that I, too, may come and adore him.” {2:9} And when they had heard the  king, they  went away. And behold, the star that they had  seen in the east went before them, even until, arriving, it stood still above the place where the child was. {2:10} Then,  seeing the star, they were gladdened by a  very great joy. {2:11} And entering the home, they found the boy with his  mother Mary. And so, falling prostrate, they adored him.  And opening their treasures,  they offered him gifts: gold, frankincense, and  myrrh. {2:12} And having received a  response in sleep that they should not return to Herod, they went back by another way to their own region. {2:13} And  after they had gone away, behold, an Angel  of the Lord  appeared in sleep to Joseph, saying: “Rise up, and take the  boy and his mother, and flee into Egypt. And remain there  until I tell you. For it will happen that Herod will seek the  boy to destroy him.” {2:14} And getting up, he took the boy and his mother by night, and withdrew into  Egypt.  {2:15} And he remained there, until the death of Herod, in  order to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the  prophet, saying: “Out  of  Egypt, I called my son.”  {2:16} Then Herod, seeing that he had been fooled by the  Magi, was very angry. And so he sent to kill all the boys who were in Bethlehem, and in all its borders, from two years of age and under, according to the time that he had learned by  questioning the Magi. {2:17} Then what was spoken through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled, saying: {2:18} “A voice has been heard in Ramah, great weeping and wailing: Rachel crying for her sons. And she was not willing to be consoled,  because they were no more.” {2:19} Then, when Herod had passed away, behold, an Angel of the Lord appeared in sleep to Joseph in Egypt, {2:20} saying: “Rise up, and take the boy and his mother, and go into the land of Israel. For those who  were seeking the life of the boy have passed  away.” {2:21} And rising up, he took the boy and his mother, and he  went into the land of Israel. {2:22} Then, hearing that  Archelaus reigned in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was  afraid to go there.  And being warned in sleep, he withdrew into parts of Galilee. {2:23} And arriving, he lived  in a city which is called Nazareth, in order to fulfill what was spoken through the prophets: “For he shall be called a  Nazarene.”
[Matthew 3] {3:1} Now in those  days, John the Baptist  arrived, preaching in the desert of Judea, {3:2} and saying: “Repent. For the kingdom  of heaven has drawn near.”  {3:3} For this is the one  who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah, saying:  “A  voice crying  out in the  desert: Prepare the way of the  Lord. Make  straight his paths.” {3:4} Now the same John had a garment made from the hair  of camels, and a leather belt around his waist. And his food  was locusts and wild honey. {3:5} Then Jerusalem, and all Judea, and the entire region around the Jordan went out to him.  {3:6} And they were baptized by him in the Jordan, acknowledging their sins. {3:7} Then, seeing many  of the Pharisees and Sadducees arriving for his baptism, he said to them: “Progeny of vipers, who warned to you to flee from the  approaching wrath? {3:8} Therefore, produce fruit worthy of repentance. {3:9} And do not choose to say within yourselves,  ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that God has the power to raise up sons to Abraham from these stones.  {3:10} For even now the axe has been placed at the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree that does not produce good fruit shall be cut down and cast into the fire. {3:11} Indeed, I  baptize you with water for repentance, but he who will come after me is more powerful than me. I am not worthy to carry  his shoes. He will baptize you with the fire of the Holy Spirit.  {3:12} His  winnowing fan is in his hand. And he will  thoroughly cleanse his threshing floor. And he will gather his  wheat into the barn. But the chaff he will burn  with  unquenchable fire.” {3:13} Then Jesus came from Galilee, to  John at the Jordan, in order to be baptized by him.  {3:14} But John refused him, saying, “I ought to be baptized  by you, and yet you come to me?” {3:15} And responding, Jesus said to him: “Permit this for now. For in this way it is  fitting for us to fulfill all justice.”  Then he allowed him.  {3:16} And Jesus, having been baptized, ascended from the water immediately, and behold, the heavens were opened to him. And he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on him. {3:17} And behold, there was a voice from heaven, saying: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am  well pleased.” 
[Matthew 4] {4:1} Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the  desert, in order to be tempted by the devil. {4:2} And when  he had fasted for forty days and forty nights, afterwards he  was hungry. {4:3} And approaching, the tempter said to him,  “If you are the Son  of God, tell these stones to become  bread.” {4:4} And in response he said, “It has been written: ‘Not by bread alone shall man live, but by every word that  proceeds from the  mouth of God.’  ”  {4:5} Then the devil  took him up, into the holy city, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple, {4:6} and said to him: “If you are the Son of God, cast yourself down. For it has been written: ‘For he has  given charge of you to his angels, and they shall take you into their hands, lest perhaps you may hurt your foot against a  stone.’ ” {4:7} Jesus said to him, “Again, it has been written: ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ” {4:8} Again, the  devil took him up, onto a very high mountain, and showed  him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory, {4:9} and  said to him, “All these things I will give to you, if you will  fall down and adore me.” {4:10} Then Jesus said to him:  “Go away, Satan. For it has been written: ‘You shall adore  the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.’  ” {4:11} Then the devil left him.  And behold,  Angels approached and ministered to him. {4:12} And when Jesus  had heard that John had been handed over, he withdrew into  Galilee. {4:13} And leaving behind the city of Nazareth, he  went and lived in Capernaum, near the sea, at the borders of  Zebulun and of Naphtali, {4:14} in order to fulfill what was  said through  the prophet Isaiah: {4:15} “Land of  Zebulun  and land of Naphtali, the way of the sea across the Jordan,  Galilee of the Gentiles: {4:16} A people who were sitting in darkness have seen a great light. And unto those sitting in the  region  of the shadow of death,  a  light has risen.”  {4:17} From  that time, Jesus began to preach, and to say: “Repent. For the kingdom  of heaven has drawn near.”  {4:18} And Jesus, walking near the Sea of Galilee, saw two  brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea (for they were fishermen).  {4:19} And he said to them: “Follow me, and I will make  you fishers of men.” {4:20} And at once, leaving behind their  nets, they followed him.  {4:21} And  continuing  on from  there, he saw another two brothers, James of Zebedee, and his brother John, in  a ship with their father Zebedee,  repairing their nets. And he called  them. {4:22} And  immediately, leaving their nets and their father behind, they  followed him. {4:23} And  Jesus traveled throughout  all  of Galilee, teaching in their  synagogues, and preaching the  Gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every infirmity among the people. {4:24} And reports of him went  out to all of Syria, and they brought to him all those who had  maladies, those who were in the grasp of various sicknesses and torments, and those who were in the hold of demons,  and the  mentally ill, and  paralytics.  And he  cured  them. {4:25} And a great crowd  followed him from Galilee, and  from the Ten Cities, and from Jerusalem, and from Judea, and from across the Jordan.
[Matthew 5] {5:1} Then, seeing the crowds, he ascended the  mountain, and when he had sat down, his disciples drew near to him, {5:2} and opening his mouth, he taught them, saying:  {5:3} “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. {5:4} Blessed are the meek, for they shall possess  the earth. {5:5} Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall  be consoled. {5:6} Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied. {5:7} Blessed are the  merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. {5:8} Blessed are the  pure in heart, for they shall see God. {5:9} Blessed are the  peacemakers, for they shall  be  called sons of God. {5:10} Blessed are those who endure persecution for the sake of justice, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. {5:11} Blessed are you when they have slandered you, and persecuted you,  and spoken all kinds of evil against you, falsely, for my sake: {5:12} be glad and exult, for your reward  in heaven  is  plentiful. For so they persecuted the prophets who were  before you. {5:13} You are the salt of the earth. But if salt  loses its saltiness, with what will it be salted? It is no longer  useful at all, except to be cast out and trampled under by men.  {5:14} You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. {5:15} And they do not light a  lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, so that it  may shine to all who are  in the house. {5:16} So then, let your light shine in the sight of men, so that they may see your  good works, and may glorify your Father, who is in heaven. {5:17} Do not think that I have come to loosen the law or the  prophets. I  have not  come to loosen, but to fulfill.  {5:18} Amen I say to you, certainly, until heaven and earth pass away, not one iota, not one dot shall pass away from the  law, until  all is  done. {5:19} Therefore, whoever  will have loosened one of the least of these commandments, and have taught men so, shall be called the least  in the kingdom  of heaven. But whoever will have done and taught these, such a  one shall be called  great in the kingdom  of heaven.  {5:20} For I say to you, that unless your justice has surpassed  that of the scribes and the Pharisees you shall not enter into  the kingdom of heaven. {5:21} You have heard that it was  said to the ancients: ‘You shall not murder; whoever will  have murdered shall be liable to judgment.’ {5:22} But I say  to you, that anyone who becomes angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment.  But whoever will have  called his brother, ‘Idiot,’ shall be liable to the council. Then, whoever  will have called him, ‘Worthless,’ shall be liable to the fires of  Hell. {5:23} Therefore, if you offer your gift at the altar, and  there you remember that your brother has something against  you, {5:24} leave your gift there, before the altar, and go first to be reconciled to your brother, and then you may approach and offer your gift. {5:25} Be reconciled with your adversary  quickly, while you are still on the way with him, lest perhaps  the adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge  may hand you over to the officer, and you will be thrown in  prison. {5:26} Amen I say to you, that you shall not go forth  from there, until you have repaid the last quarter. {5:27} You have heard that it was said to the ancients: ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ {5:28} But I say to you, that anyone who  will have looked  at a  woman, so as to lust after her, has already committed adultery with her in his heart. {5:29} And  if your right eye causes you to sin, root it out and cast it away from you. For it is better for you that one of your members perish, than that your  whole body be cast  into  Hell.  {5:30} And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it away from you. For it is better for you that one of your  members perish, than that your whole body go into Hell. {5:31} And it has been said: ‘Whoever would dismiss his wife, let him give her a bill of divorce.’ {5:32} But I say to  you, that anyone who will have dismissed his wife, except in the case of fornication, causes her to commit adultery; and  whoever  will have married her who has been dismissed  commits adultery. {5:33} Again, you have heard that it was said to the  ancients: ‘You shall not swear falsely. For you shall repay your oaths to the Lord.’ {5:34} But I say to you,  do not swear an oath at all, neither by heaven, for it is the  throne of God, {5:35} nor by earth, for it is his footstool, nor by Jerusalem, for it  is the city  of the great king.  {5:36} Neither shall you swear an oath by your own head,  because you are not able to cause one hair to become white  or black. {5:37} But let your word ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and ‘No’  mean ‘No.’ For anything beyond that is of evil. {5:38} You have heard that it was said: ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth  for a tooth.’ {5:39} But I say to you, do not resist one who is evil, but if anyone will have struck you on your right cheek,  offer to him the other also. {5:40} And anyone who wishes to contend with you in judgment, and to take away your tunic,  release to him your cloak also. {5:41} And whoever will have compelled you for one thousand steps, go with him even for  two thousand steps. {5:42} Whoever asks of you, give to him.  And if anyone would borrow from you, do not turn away from him. {5:43} You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall  love your neighbor, and  you  shall have hatred for your enemy.’ {5:44} But I say  to you: Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate  you. And pray for those who  persecute and slander you. {5:45} In this way, you shall be  sons of your Father, who is in heaven. He causes his sun to rise upon the good and the bad, and he causes it to rain upon  the just and the unjust. {5:46} For if you love those who love you, what reward will you have? Do not even tax collectors  behave this way? {5:47} And if you greet only your brothers, what more have you done? Do not even the pagans behave this way? {5:48} Therefore, be perfect, even as your heavenly  Father is perfect.”
[Matthew 6] {6:1} “Pay  attention, lest you  perform your  justice before men, in order to be seen by them; otherwise  you shall not have  a reward with your Father, who is in  heaven. {6:2} Therefore, when you give alms, do not choose  to sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the  synagogues and in the towns, so that they may be honored by  men. Amen I say to you, they have received their reward.  {6:3} But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know  what your right hand is doing, {6:4} so that your almsgiving may be in secret, and your Father, who sees in secret, will repay you. {6:5} And when you pray, you should not be like  the hypocrites, who love standing in the synagogues and at  the corners of the streets to pray, so that they may be seen by men. Amen I say to you, they have received their reward.  {6:6} But you, when you  pray, enter into your room, and  having shut the door, pray to your Father in secret, and your  Father, who sees in secret, will repay you. {6:7} And when  praying, do not choose many words, as the pagans do. For they think that by their excess of words they might be heeded.  {6:8} Therefore, do not choose to imitate them. For your  Father knows what your needs may be, even before you ask  him. {6:9} Therefore, you shall pray in this way: Our Father,  who is in heaven: May your name be kept holy. {6:10} May your kingdom come. May your will be done, as in heaven, so  also  on earth. {6:11} Give us this day our life-sustaining bread. {6:12} And forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors. {6:13} And lead us not into temptation. But free us from evil. Amen. {6:14} For if you will forgive men their sins, your heavenly Father also will forgive  you your offenses. {6:15} But if you will not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive you your sins. {6:16} And when you fast, do  not choose to become gloomy, like the hypocrites. For they  alter their faces, so that their fasting may be apparent to men.  Amen I say to you, that they have received their reward.  {6:17} But as for you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, {6:18} so  that  your fasting  will not  be apparent to men, but to your Father, who is in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will repay you. {6:19} Do not choose to store up for yourselves treasures on earth:  where rust and moth consume, and where thieves break in  and steal. {6:20} Instead, store up for yourselves treasures in heaven: where neither rust nor moth consumes, and where  thieves do not break in and steal. {6:21} For where your  treasure is, there also is your heart. {6:22} The lamp of your body is your eye. If your eye is wholesome, your entire body will be filled with light.  {6:23} But if your eye has been  corrupted, your entire body will be darkened. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great will that darkness be! {6:24} No one is able to serve two masters. For either he will  have hatred  for the  one,  and love the other,  or he will  persevere with the  one,  and despise the other. You  cannot  serve God and wealth. {6:25} And so I say to you, do not be anxious about your life, as to what you will eat, nor about  your body, as to what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? {6:26} Consider the  birds of the air, how they neither sow, nor reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of much greater value than they are? {6:27} And which of you, by thinking, is able to add one cubit to his stature?  {6:28} And as for clothing, why are you anxious? Consider  the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither work nor  weave. {6:29} But I say to you, that not even Solomon, in all his glory, was arrayed like one of these. {6:30} So if God so  clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and cast into the oven tomorrow, how much more will he care for you, O little in faith? {6:31} Therefore,  do not choose to be anxious, saying: ‘What shall we eat, and what shall we drink, and with what shall we be clothed?’ {6:32} For the Gentiles  seek all these things. Yet your Father knows that you need all these things. {6:33} Therefore, seek first the kingdom of God  and his justice, and all these things shall be added to you as well. {6:34} Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow; for the future day will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the  day is its evil.”
[Matthew 7] {7:1} “Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. {7:2} For with whatever judgment you judge, so shall  you be judged; and with whatever measure you measure out,  so shall it be measured back to you. {7:3} And how can you see the splinter in your brother’s eye, and not see the board in  your own eye? {7:4} Or how can you say to your brother,  ‘Let me take the splinter from your eye,’ while, behold, a  board is in your own eye? {7:5} Hypocrite, first remove the  board from your  own eye, and then you will see  clearly enough to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.  {7:6} Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not cast your pearls before swine, lest perhaps they may trample them  under their feet, and then, turning, they may tear you apart. {7:7} Ask, and it shall be given to you. Seek, and you shall  find.  Knock, and  it shall be opened to you. {7:8} For everyone who asks, receives; and whoever seeks, finds; and  to anyone who knocks, it will be opened. {7:9} Or what man  is there among you, who, if his son were to ask him for bread, would offer him a stone; {7:10} or if he were to ask him for a fish, would  offer him  a  snake? {7:11} Therefore, if you,  though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your sons,  how much more  will your Father, who is in heaven,  give good things to those who ask him? {7:12} Therefore, all things whatsoever that you wish that men would do to you,  do so also to them. For this is the law and the prophets.  {7:13} Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate,  and broad is the way, which leads to perdition, and many  there are who enter through it. {7:14} How narrow is the gate, and how straight is the way, which leads to life, and few there  are who find it! {7:15} Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.  {7:16} You shall know them by their fruits. Can grapes be  gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? {7:17} So then,  every good tree produces good fruit, and the evil tree  produces evil fruit. {7:18} A good tree is not able to produce  evil fruit, and an evil tree is not able to produce good fruit.  {7:19} Every tree which does not produce good fruit shall be  cut down and cast into the fire. {7:20} Therefore, by their  fruits you  will know them. {7:21} Not all who say to me,  ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom  of heaven. But whoever does the will of my Father, who is in heaven, the  same shall enter into the kingdom of heaven. {7:22} Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy  in your name, and cast out demons  in your name, and  perform many powerful deeds in your  name?’ {7:23} And  then will I disclose to them: ‘I have never known you. Depart from me, you workers of iniquity.’ {7:24} Therefore,  everyone who hears these words of mine and does them shall  be compared to a wise man, who built his house upon the rock. {7:25} And the rains descended, and the floods rose up, and the winds blew, and rushed upon that house, but it did  not fall, for it was founded on the rock. {7:26} And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them shall be  like a foolish man, who  built his house upon the  sand. {7:27} And the rains descended, and the floods rose up, and the winds blew, and rushed upon that house, and it did fall,  and great was its ruin.” {7:28} And it happened, when Jesus  had completed these words, that the crowds were astonished at his doctrine. {7:29} For he was teaching them as one who  has authority, and not like their scribes and Pharisees. 
[Matthew 8] {8:1} And  when he  had descended from the mountain, great crowds followed him. {8:2} And behold, a  leper, drawing near, adored him, saying, “Lord, if you are willing, you are able to cleanse me.” {8:3} And Jesus,  extending his hand, touched him, saying: “I am willing. Be cleansed.” And immediately his leprosy was  cleansed.  {8:4} And Jesus said to him: “See to it that you tell no one. But go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that  Moses instructed, as a testimony for them.” {8:5} And when he had entered into  Capernaum, a centurion approached,  petitioning him, {8:6} and saying, “Lord, my servant lies at home paralyzed and badly tormented.” {8:7} And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” {8:8} And responding, the centurion said: “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant shall be healed. {8:9} For  I, too, am  a  man placed  under  authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” {8:10} And, hearing  this, Jesus wondered. And he said to those following him:  “Amen I say to you, I have not found so great a faith in Israel.  {8:11} For I say to you, that many shall come from the east and the west, and they shall sit at table with Abraham, and  Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. {8:12} But the  sons of the kingdom shall be cast into  the outer darkness,  where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” {8:13} And Jesus said to the centurion, “Go, and just as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And the servant was healed at that very hour. {8:14} And when Jesus had arrived at the house of Peter, he saw his mother-in-law lying ill with a fever. {8:15} And he touched her hand, and the fever left  her, and she  rose up and  ministered to them. {8:16} And  when evening arrived, they brought to him many who had  demons, and he cast  out  the spirits with a  word. And he healed all those having maladies, {8:17} in order to fulfill  what was spoken through the prophet  Isaiah, saying, “He  took our infirmities, and  he carried away  our diseases.” {8:18} Then Jesus, seeing the  great crowds encircling him, gave orders to go across the sea. {8:19} And  one scribe,  approaching, said to him,  “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you will go.” {8:20} And Jesus said to him, “Foxes  have dens, and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of  man has nowhere to rest his head.” {8:21} Then another of  his disciples said to him,  “Lord, permit  me first to go and bury my father.” {8:22} But Jesus said to him, “Follow me,  and allow the dead to bury their dead.” {8:23} And climbing into a boat, his disciples followed him. {8:24} And behold, a  great tempest occurred in the sea, so much so that the boat  was covered with  waves; yet truly, he was sleeping. {8:25} And his disciples drew  near to  him,  and  they awakened him, saying: “Lord, save us, we are perishing.” {8:26} And Jesus said to them, “Why are you afraid, O little  in faith?” Then rising up, he commanded the winds, and the  sea. And a great tranquility occurred. {8:27} Moreover, the  men wondered, saying: “What kind of man is this? For even  the winds and the sea obey him.” {8:28} And when he had  arrived across the sea, into the region of the Gerasenes, he  was met by two who had demons, who were so exceedingly savage, as they went out from among the tombs, that no one was able to cross by that way. {8:29} And behold, they cried  out, saying: “What are we to you, O Jesus, the Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the  time?” {8:30} Now there was, not far  from them, a  herd of many  swine feeding. {8:31} Then the demons petitioned him,  saying: “If you cast us from here, send us into the herd of  swine.” {8:32} And he said to them, “Go.” And they, going out,  went into the swine. And behold, the entire herd suddenly rushed along a steep place into the sea. And they  died in the waters. {8:33} Then the shepherds fled, and  arriving in the city, they reported on all this, and on those who had had the demons. {8:34} And behold, the entire city  went out to meet Jesus. And having seen him, they petitioned him, so that he would cross from their borders. 
[Matthew 9] {9:1} And climbing into a boat, he crossed the  sea, and he arrived at his own city. {9:2} And behold, they  brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And Jesus, seeing  their faith, said to the paralytic, “Be strengthened in faith, son;  your sins are forgiven you.” {9:3} And behold, some of the  scribes said within themselves, “He is blaspheming.”  {9:4} And when Jesus had perceived their thoughts, he said: “Why do you think such evil in your hearts? {9:5} Which is easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise up  and walk?’ {9:6} But, so that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins,” he then said to the paralytic, “Rise up, take up your bed, and go into your  house.”  {9:7} And he arose and went into his  house.  {9:8} Then the crowd, seeing this, was frightened, and they  glorified God, who gave such power to men. {9:9} And when  Jesus passed on from there, he saw, sitting at the tax office, a  man named  Matthew. And he said to  him,  “Follow me.” And rising up, he followed him. {9:10} And it happened that, as he was sitting down to eat in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners arrived, and they sat down to eat with  Jesus and his disciples. {9:11} And the Pharisees, seeing this,  said to his disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax  collectors and sinners?” {9:12} But Jesus, hearing this, said:  “It is not those who are healthy who are in need of a  physician, but those who have maladies. {9:13} So then, go  out  and learn what this means:  ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the just, but sinners.” {9:14} Then the disciples of John drew near to him, saying,  “Why  do we and the Pharisees fast frequently, but your disciples do not fast?” {9:15} And Jesus said to them: “How  can the sons of the groom mourn, while the groom is still  with them? But the days will arrive when the groom will be taken away from them. And then they shall fast. {9:16} For  no one would sew a patch of new cloth onto an old garment.  For it pulls its fullness away from the garment, and the tear is made worse. {9:17} Neither do they pour new wine into old  wineskins. Otherwise,  the wineskins rupture, and the wine  pours out, and the wineskins are destroyed. Instead, they pour new  wine into new wineskins.  And so, both are preserved.” {9:18} As he was speaking these things to them,  behold, a certain ruler approached and adored him, saying:  “Lord, my daughter has recently passed away. But come and  impose your hand upon her, and she will live.” {9:19} And  Jesus, rising up, followed him, with his disciples. {9:20} And  behold, a woman, who had suffered from a flow of blood for twelve years, approached from behind and touched the hem  of his garment. {9:21} For she said within herself, “If I will  touch even his garment, I shall be saved.” {9:22} But Jesus, turning  and  seeing her, said: “Be strengthened in faith, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour. {9:23} And when Jesus had  arrived in the house of the ruler, and he had seen the musicians and the tumultuous crowd, {9:24} he said, “Depart. For the  girl  is not  dead, but  asleep.” And they  derided him. {9:25} And  when the crowd had been sent away, he entered. And he took her by the hand. And the girl  rose up. {9:26} And the news of this went out to that entire  land. {9:27} And as Jesus passed from there, two blind men  followed him, crying out and saying, “Take pity on us, Son of  David.” {9:28} And when he had arrived at the house, the blind men approached him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you trust that I am able to do this for you?” They say to him,  “Certainly, Lord.” {9:29} Then he touched their eyes, saying,  “According to your faith, so let it be done for you.” {9:30} And their eyes were opened. And Jesus warned them,  saying,  “See  to it that no one knows of this.” {9:31} But going  out, they spread the news  of it to all that land.  {9:32} Then, when they had departed, behold, they brought  him a man who was mute, having a demon. {9:33} And after  the demon  was cast out, the mute man spoke.  And the  crowds wondered, saying, “Never has anything like this been seen in Israel.” {9:34} But the Pharisees said, “By the prince  of demons does he cast out demons.” {9:35} And Jesus  traveled throughout all of the cities and towns, teaching in  their synagogues, and preaching the Gospel of the kingdom,  and healing every illness and every infirmity. {9:36} Then, seeing the multitudes, he had compassion on them, because  they were distressed and were reclining, like sheep without a shepherd. {9:37} Then he said to his disciples: “The harvest  indeed is great, but the laborers  are few. {9:38} Therefore, petition the  Lord of the  harvest, so that he may sent out  laborers to his harvest.” 
[Matthew 10] {10:1} And having called together his twelve  disciples, he gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast  them out  and to cure every sickness  and every infirmity.  {10:2} Now the names of the twelve Apostles are these: the First, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother,  {10:3} James of Zebedee, and John his brother, Philip and  Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the tax collector, and  James of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, {10:4} Simon the  Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him. {10:5} Jesus sent these twelve, instructing them, saying: “Do  not travel by the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter into the city of the Samaritans, {10:6} but instead go to the sheep who have fallen away from the house of Israel. {10:7} And  going forth, preach, saying: ‘For the kingdom of heaven has drawn near.’ {10:8} Cure the infirm, raise the dead, cleanse  lepers, cast out demons. You have received freely, so give freely. {10:9} Do not choose to possess gold, nor silver, nor money in your belts, {10:10} nor provisions for the journey, nor two tunics, nor shoes, nor a staff. For the laborer deserves his portion. {10:11} Now,  into whatever city  or town you will enter, inquire as to who is worthy within it. And stay there until you depart. {10:12} Then, when you enter into the  house, greet it, saying, ‘Peace to this house.’ {10:13} And if, indeed, that house is worthy, your peace will rest upon it. But  if it is not worthy, your peace will return to you. {10:14} And  whoever has neither received you, nor listened to your words,  departing from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet. {10:15} Amen  I say to you, it will be  more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city. {10:16} Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the  midst of wolves. Therefore, be as  prudent  as serpents and  as simple as doves. {10:17} But beware of men. For they will hand you over to councils, and  they will scourge you in their synagogues. {10:18} And you shall be led before both rulers and kings for my sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. {10:19} But  when they hand you over, do not choose to think about how or what to speak. For what to speak shall be given to you in that hour. {10:20} For it is not you who will be speaking, but the  Spirit of your Father, who will speak in you. {10:21} And  brother will hand over brother to death, and father will hand  over son. And children will rise up against parents and bring  about their deaths. {10:22} And you will be hated by all for the sake of my name. But whoever will have persevered, even to the end, the same shall be saved. {10:23} Now when they  persecute you in one city, flee into another. Amen I say to you, you will not have exhausted all the cities of Israel, before the Son of man returns. {10:24} The disciple is not above the  teacher, nor  is the servant above his master. {10:25} It is sufficient for the disciple that he be like his teacher, and the  servant, like his master. If they have called the Father of the  family, ‘Beelzebub,’ how much more those of his household? {10:26} Therefore, do not fear them. For nothing is covered  that shall not be revealed, nor hidden that shall not be known. {10:27} What I tell you in darkness, speak in the light. And  what you hear whispered in the ear, preach  above the rooftops. {10:28} And do not be afraid of those who kill the  body, but are not able to kill the soul. But instead fear him  who  is able to destroy both soul  and body in Hell.  {10:29} Are not two sparrows sold for one small coin? And  yet not one  of them will  fall to the ground without your  Father. {10:30} For even the hairs of your head have all been numbered. {10:31} Therefore,  do not  be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows. {10:32} Therefore, everyone  who acknowledges me before men, I  also will  acknowledge before my Father, who is in  heaven.  {10:33} But whoever will have denied me before men, I also  will deny before my Father, who is in heaven. {10:34} Do not think that I came to send peace upon the earth. I came,  not to send peace, but the sword. {10:35} For I came to  divide a man against his father, and a daughter against her  mother, and a daughter-in-law against her  mother-in-law. {10:36} And the enemies of a man will be those of his own household. {10:37} Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy  of me.  And whoever loves son  or  daughter above me is not worthy  of me. {10:38} And  whoever  does not take up  his  cross, and follow me is not  worthy  of me. {10:39} Whoever finds his life, will lose it.  And whoever will have lost his life because of me, shall find  it. {10:40} Whoever receives you, receives me. And whoever receives me, receives him who sent me. {10:41} Whoever  receives a prophet, in the name of a prophet, shall receive the reward of a prophet. And whoever receives the just in the  name  of the just shall receive the reward  of the just. {10:42} And whoever shall give, even to one of the least of these, a cup of cold water to drink, solely in the name of a  disciple: Amen I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.” 
[Matthew 11] {11:1} And it happened that, when Jesus had  completed instructing his twelve disciples, he went away from there in  order to teach  and to preach in their cities.  {11:2} Now  when John had heard, in prison,  about the  works of Christ, sending two of his disciples, he said to him,  {11:3} “Are you he  who is to  come,  or should we expect  another?” {11:4} And Jesus, responding, said to them: “Go and report to John what you have heard and seen.  {11:5} The blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed,  the deaf hear, the dead rise again, the poor are evangelized.  {11:6} And blessed is he who has found no offense in me.”  {11:7} Then, after they departed, Jesus began to speak to the  crowds about John: “What did you go out to the desert to see? A reed shaken by the wind? {11:8} So what did you go out to see? A man in soft garments? Behold, those who are clothed  in soft garments are in the houses of kings. {11:9} Then what  did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. {11:10} For this is he, of whom it is written: ‘Behold, I send my Angel before your face, who shall prepare  your way before you.’ {11:11} Amen I say to you, among those born of women, there has arisen no one greater than  John the Baptist. Yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than  he. {11:12} But from the days of John the  Baptist, even until now, the kingdom of heaven has endured  violence, and the violent carry it away. {11:13} For all the  prophets and the law prophesied, even until John.  {11:14} And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah,  who is to come. {11:15} Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear. {11:16} But to what shall I compare this generation? It  is like children sitting in the marketplace, {11:17} who, calling out to their companions, say: ‘We played music for you, and you did not dance. We lamented, and you did not mourn.’ {11:18} For John came neither eating nor drinking;  and they say, ‘He has a  demon.’ {11:19} The Son  of man came eating and drinking; and they say, ‘Behold, a man who eats voraciously and  who drinks  wine, a friend  of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is justified by her sons.” {11:20} Then he began to rebuke the cities in which many of his miracles were accomplished, for they still had not repented. {11:21} “Woe to you, Chorazin!  Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were done in you had been  done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago  in haircloth and ashes. {11:22} Yet truly, I say to you, Tyre and Sidon shall be forgiven more than you,  on the day  of judgment. {11:23} And you, Capernaum, would you be exalted all the way to heaven? You shall descend all the way to Hell. For if the miracles that were done in you had been done in Sodom, perhaps it would have remained, even to this day. {11:24} Yet truly, I say to you, that the land of Sodom  shall be forgiven more than you, on the day of judgment.” {11:25} At that time, Jesus responded and said:  “I  acknowledge you, Father, Lord of Heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the prudent,  and have revealed them to little ones. {11:26} Yes, Father, for this was pleasing before you. {11:27} All things have been delivered to me by my Father. And no one knows the Son  except the Father, nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and those to whom the Son is willing to reveal him.  {11:28} Come to me, all you who labor  and have been burdened, and I will refresh you. {11:29} Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart;  and you shall find rest for your souls. {11:30} For my yoke is sweet and my burden is light.”
[Matthew 12] {12:1} At that time, Jesus went out through  the ripe grain on the Sabbath. And his disciples, being hungry,  began to separate the grain and to eat. {12:2} Then the  Pharisees, seeing this, said to him, “Behold, your disciples  are doing  what is not lawful to  do on the Sabbaths.”  {12:3} But he said to them: “Have you not read what David  did,  when he was hungry, and those who  were with him:  {12:4} how he entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which was not lawful for him to eat, nor for  those who were with him, but only for the priests? {12:5} Or  have you not read in the law, that on the Sabbaths the priests  in the temple violate the Sabbath, and they are without guilt? {12:6} But I  say to you, that something greater than the  temple is here. {12:7} And if you knew what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would never have condemned the innocent. {12:8} For the Son of man is Lord  even of the Sabbath.” {12:9} And when he had passed from there, he went into their synagogues. {12:10} And behold,  there was a man who  had a  withered hand, and they questioned him, so that they might accuse him, saying, “Is it  lawful to cure on the Sabbaths?” {12:11} But he said to them: “Who is there among you, having even one sheep, if it will  have fallen into a pit on the Sabbath, would not take hold of it and lift it up? {12:12} How much better is a man than a  sheep? And so, it is lawful to  do good  on the Sabbaths.” {12:13} Then he said to the man, “Extend your hand.” And  he extended it, and it was restored to  health, just like the other one. {12:14} Then the Pharisees, departing,  took council against him, as to  how  they might destroy  him.  {12:15} But Jesus, knowing this, withdrew from there. And  many followed him, and he cured them all. {12:16} And he instructed them, lest they  make him known. {12:17} Then  what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah was fulfilled,  saying: {12:18} “Behold, my servant whom I have chosen,  my beloved in whom my soul is well pleased. I will place my  Spirit over him, and he shall announce judgment to the  nations. {12:19} He shall not contend, nor cry out, neither shall anyone hear his voice in the streets. {12:20} He shall  not crush the bruised reed, and he shall not extinguish the  smoking wick, until he sends  forth judgment unto  victory.  {12:21} And the Gentiles shall  hope in his name.”  {12:22} Then one who had a  demon, who  was blind and  mute, was brought to him.  And he cured him, so that he spoke and saw. {12:23} And all the crowds were stupefied,  and they said, “Could this be the son of David?” {12:24} But the Pharisees, hearing it, said, “This man does not cast out demons, except by Beelzebub, the  prince of the  demons.”  {12:25} But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said to them:  “Every kingdom divided against itself will become desolate.  And every city or house divided against itself will not stand.  {12:26} So if Satan casts out Satan, then he is divided against  himself. How then will his kingdom stand? {12:27} And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your own sons cast them  out? Therefore, they shall be your judges.  {12:28} But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then  the kingdom of God has arrived among you. {12:29} Or how can anyone enter into the house of a strong man, and plunder  his belongings, unless he first restrains the strong man? And  then he will plunder his house. {12:30} Whoever is not with me, is against me. And whoever does not gather with me,  scatters. {12:31} For this reason, I say to you: Every sin and  blasphemy shall be forgiven men, but blasphemy against the  Spirit shall not be forgiven. {12:32} And anyone  who  will have spoken a word against the Son of man shall be forgiven.  But whoever will have spoken against the Holy Spirit shall  not be forgiven, neither in this age, nor in the future age.  {12:33} Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree evil and its fruit evil. For certainly a tree is known by  its fruit. {12:34} Progeny of vipers, how are you able to speak  good things while you are evil? For out of the abundance of  the heart, the mouth speaks. {12:35} A good man offers good things from a good storehouse. And an evil man offers evil things from an evil storehouse. {12:36} But I say to you, that for every idle word which men will have spoken, they shall  render an account in the  day  of judgment. {12:37} For by  your words shall you be justified, and by your words shall you be  condemned.” {12:38} Then certain  ones from the scribes and the Pharisees responded to him, saying, “Teacher,  we want to see a sign from you.” {12:39} And answering, he said to them: “An evil and adulterous generation seeks a sign. But a sign will not be given to it, except the sign  of the  prophet Jonah. {12:40} For just as Jonah was in the belly of  the whale for three days and three nights, so shall the Son of man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. {12:41} The men of Nineveh shall arise in judgment  with this generation, and they shall condemn it. For, at the preaching of Jonah, they repented. And behold, there is a  greater than  Jonah here.  {12:42} The  Queen of the South shall arise in judgment  with this generation, and she shall condemn it. For she came from the ends of the earth to hear  the wisdom of Solomon. And behold, there is a greater than  Solomon here. {12:43} Now when an unclean spirit departs from a man, he walks through dry places, seeking rest, and he does not find it. {12:44} Then he says, ‘I will return to my  house, from  which I  departed’.  And arriving, he finds it vacant, swept clean,  and decorated. {12:45} Then he goes  and takes with him seven  other spirits  more wicked than himself, and they enter in and live there. And in the end, the  man becomes worse than he was at first. So, too, shall it be  with this most wicked generation.” {12:46} While he was still  speaking to the crowds, behold, his mother and his brothers were  standing outside, seeking  to speak with him. {12:47} And  someone said to him: “Behold, your mother  and your brothers are standing  outside, seeking  you.” {12:48} But responding to the one speaking to him, he said,  “Which  one is my mother, and who  are my brothers?”  {12:49} And  extending his hand to his disciples, he said:  “Behold:  my mother and my  brothers. {12:50} For anyone who does the will of my Father, who is in heaven, the same is  my brother, and sister, and mother.” 
[Matthew 13] {13:1} In that day, Jesus, departing from the house, sat  down beside the sea. {13:2} And such great crowds were gathered to him that he climbed into a boat and  he sat down. And the entire multitude stood on the shore.  {13:3} And he spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow seed. {13:4} And while he  was sowing, some fell beside the road, and the birds of the air  came and ate it. {13:5} Then others fell in a rocky  place, where they did not have much soil. And they sprung up promptly, because they had no depth of soil. {13:6} But when the sun rose up, they were scorched, and because they had no roots, they withered. {13:7} Still  others  fell among thorns,  and the thorns increased  and suffocated them. {13:8} Yet  some others fell upon good soil, and they produced fruit:  some one hundred fold, some sixty fold, some thirty fold. {13:9} Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear.” {13:10} And  his disciples drew near to him and said, “Why do you speak  to them in parables?” {13:11} Responding, he said to them:  “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but it has not been given to them.  {13:12} For whoever has, it shall be given to him, and he  shall have in abundance. But whoever has not, even what he  has shall be taken away from him. {13:13} For this reason, I  speak to them in parables: because seeing, they do not see, and hearing  they do not hear, nor  do they understand.  {13:14} And so, in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, who said, ‘Hearing, you shall hear, but not understand; and seeing, you shall see, but not perceive. {13:15} For the heart  of this people has grown fat, and with their ears they hear  heavily, and they have closed their eyes, lest at any time they might see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and  understand with their heart, and be converted, and then I  would heal them.’ {13:16} But blessed are your eyes, because  they see, and your ears, because they hear. {13:17} Amen I  say to you, certainly, that many of the prophets and the just  desired to see what you see, and yet they did not see it, and to  hear what you hear, and yet they  did not hear it. {13:18} Listen, then, to the  parable of the sower.  {13:19} With anyone who hears the word of the kingdom  and does not understand it, evil comes and carries away what  was sown in his heart. This is he who received the seed by the  side of the road. {13:20} Then whoever has received the seed upon  a rocky place, this is one who hears the word and  promptly accepts it with joy. {13:21} But he has no root in himself, so it is only for a time; then, when tribulation and  persecution occur because of the word, he promptly stumbles.  {13:22} And whoever has received the seed among thorns,  this is he who hears the word, but the cares of this age and  the falseness of riches suffocate the word, and he is effectively  without fruit. {13:23} Yet  truly, whoever has received the  seed into  good soil, this  is he who hears the word,  and understands it, and so he bears fruit, and he produces: some a  hundred fold, and another sixty fold,  and another  thirty  fold.” {13:24} He proposed another parable to them, saying:  “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. {13:25} But  while the men were sleeping, his  enemy came  and sowed weeds amid the wheat, and then  went away. {13:26} And  when the plants had grown, and had produced fruit, then the weeds also appeared. {13:27} So  the servants of the Father of the family, approaching, said to  him: ‘Lord, did you not sow good seed in your field? Then how is it that it has weeds?’ {13:28} And he said to them, ‘A man who is an enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to  him, ‘Is it your will that we should go and gather them up?’  {13:29} And he said: ‘No, lest perhaps in gathering the weeds,  you might  also root out the wheat together with it. {13:30} Permit both to grow until the harvest, and at the time of the harvest, I will say to the reapers: Gather first the weeds,  and bind them into bundles to burn, but the wheat gather into my  storehouse.’ ” {13:31} He proposed another parable to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his  field.  {13:32} It is, indeed, the least of all seeds, but when it has  grown, it is greater than all the plants, and it becomes a tree,  so much so that the birds of the air come and dwell in its branches.” {13:33} He spoke another parable to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and  hid in three measures of fine wheat flour, until it was entirely  leavened.” {13:34} All these things Jesus spoke in parables to  the crowds. And he did  not speak to them apart from parables, {13:35} in order to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet, saying: “I will open my mouth in parables. I will  proclaim what has been hidden since the foundation of the world.” {13:36} Then, dismissing the crowds, he went into  the house. And his  disciples  drew near to him, saying,  “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”  {13:37} Responding, he said to them: “He who sows the  good seed is the Son of man. {13:38} Now the field is the  world. And the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom. But  the weeds are the sons of wickedness. {13:39} So the enemy  who sowed them is the devil. And truly, the harvest is the consummation of the age; while the reapers are the Angels.  {13:40} Therefore, just as weeds are gathered up and burned  with fire, so shall it be at the consummation of the age.  {13:41} The Son of man shall send out his Angels, and they  shall gather from his kingdom all who lead astray and those  who work iniquity. {13:42} And he shall cast them into the  furnace of fire, where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. {13:43} Then the just ones shall shine like the sun, in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear. {13:44} The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure  hidden in a field.  When a man finds it, he hides  it, and, because of his joy, he goes and sells everything that he has,  and he buys that field. {13:45} Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking good pearls. {13:46} Having found  one pearl of great value, he went away and sold all that he  had, and he bought it. {13:47} Again, the kingdom of heaven  is like a net cast into the sea, which gathers together all kinds of fish. {13:48} When it has been filled, drawing it out and  sitting beside the shore, they selected the good into vessels, but the bad they threw away. {13:49} So shall  it be  at the  consummation of the age. The Angels shall go forth and  separate the bad from the midst of the just. {13:50} And they  shall cast them into the furnace of fire, where there will be  weeping and gnashing of teeth. {13:51} Have you understood  all these things?” They say to him, “Yes.” {13:52} He said to  them, “Therefore, every scribe well-taught about the kingdom  of heaven, is like a man, the father of a family, who offers from his storehouse both the new and the old.” {13:53} And it happened that, when Jesus had completed these parables,  he went away from there. {13:54} And arriving in his own country, he taught them in their synagogues, so much so that they wondered and said: “How can such wisdom and power  be with this one? {13:55} Is this not the son of a workman? Is not his mother called Mary, and his brothers, James, and  Joseph, and  Simon, and Jude? {13:56} And his sisters, are  they not all  with us?  Therefore, from  where has this  one obtained all these things?” {13:57} And they took offense at  him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor,  except in his own country and  in  his  own house.”  {13:58} And he did not work many miracles there, because  of their unbelief. 
[Matthew 14] {14:1} In that time, Herod the Tetrarch heard  the news  about Jesus. {14:2} And he said to his servants:  “This is John the Baptist. He has risen from the dead, and that is why miracles are at work in him.” {14:3} For Herod  had apprehended John, and bound him,  and  put him  in  prison, because of Herodias, the wife of his brother.  {14:4} For John was telling him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.” {14:5} And though he  wanted to kill  him, he  feared the people, because they held him to be  a  prophet.  {14:6} Then, on Herod’s birthday, the daughter of Herodias  danced in their midst, and it pleased Herod. {14:7} And so he promised with an oath to give her whatever she would ask of him. {14:8} But, having been advised by her mother, she said,  “Give me here, on a platter, the head of John the Baptist.”  {14:9} And the king was greatly saddened. But because of his  oath,  and because of those who sat at table with him, he ordered it to be given.  {14:10} And  he sent and beheaded John in prison. {14:11} And his head  was brought  on a  platter, and it was given to the girl, and she brought it to her  mother. {14:12} And his disciples approached and took the  body, and they buried it. And arriving, they reported it to  Jesus. {14:13} When Jesus had heard it, he withdrew from  there by boat, to a deserted place by himself. And when the  crowds had heard of it, they followed him on foot from the  cities. {14:14} And going out, he saw a great multitude, and  he took pity on them, and he cured their sick. {14:15} And  when evening had arrived, his  disciples approached him, saying:  “This is a  deserted  place, and the hour has now  passed. Dismiss the crowds, so that, by going into the towns,  they may buy food for themselves.” {14:16} But Jesus said to  them: “They have no need to go. Give them something to eat  yourselves.” {14:17} They answered him, “We have nothing  here, except five loaves  and two fish.”  {14:18} He said to  them, “Bring them here to me.” {14:19} And when he had  ordered the multitude to sit down upon the grass, he took the  five loaves and the two fish, and gazing up to heaven, he  blessed and broke and gave the bread to the disciples, and then the disciples to the multitudes. {14:20} And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up the remnants: twelve baskets full of fragments. {14:21} Now the number of those  who ate was five thousand men, besides women and children.  {14:22} And Jesus promptly compelled his disciples to climb  into the boat, and to precede him in crossing the sea, while he  dismissed the crowds. {14:23} And having dismissed the  multitude, he ascended alone onto a mountain to pray. And  when evening arrived, he was alone there. {14:24} But in the  midst of the  sea, the boat was being tossed about  by the  waves. For the wind was against them. {14:25} Then, in the  fourth watch of the night, he came to them, walking upon the sea. {14:26} And seeing him walking upon the sea, they were  disturbed, saying: “It must be an apparition.” And they cried  out, because of fear. {14:27} And immediately, Jesus spoke  to them, saying: “Have faith. It is I.  Do not be afraid.” {14:28} Then Peter responded by saying, “Lord, if it is you, order me come to you over the waters.” {14:29} And he said, “Come.” And Peter, descending from the boat, walked over  the water, so as to go to Jesus. {14:30} Yet truly, seeing that  the wind was strong, he was afraid. And as he began to sink, he cried  out, saying: “Lord, save me.” {14:31} And immediately Jesus extended his hand and took hold of him.  And he said to him, “O little in faith, why did you doubt?” {14:32} And when they had ascended into the boat, the wind  ceased. {14:33} Then those who were in the boat drew near  and adored him, saying: “Truly, you are the Son of God.” {14:34} And having crossed the sea, they arrived in the land  of Genesaret. {14:35} And when the men of that place had  recognized him, they sent into all that region, and they  brought to him all who had  maladies. {14:36} And they petitioned him, so that they might touch even the hem of his garment. And as many as touched it were made whole. 
[Matthew 15] {15:1} Then the scribes and the Pharisees came to him from Jerusalem, saying: {15:2} “Why do your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their  hands when they eat  bread.” {15:3} But  responding, he said to them: “And why do you transgress the  commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? For  God said:  {15:4} ‘Honor your father and mother,’ and,  ‘Whoever will have cursed father or mother shall die a  death.’ {15:5} But you say: ‘If anyone will have said to father  or mother, “It is dedicated, so that whatever is from me will  benefit you,” {15:6} then he shall not honor his father or his mother.’ So have you nullified the commandment of God, for the sake of your tradition. {15:7} Hypocrites! How well did  Isaiah prophesy about you, saying:  {15:8} ‘This people honors me  with their lips, but their heart is far from me.  {15:9} For in vain  do they worship me, teaching the  doctrines and commandments of men.’ ” {15:10} And having called the multitudes to him, he said to them: “Listen and understand. {15:11} A man is not defiled by what enters into  the mouth, but by what proceeds from  the mouth.  This is  what  defiles a man.” {15:12} Then his  disciples drew near and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees, upon hearing this word, were offended?” {15:13} But in response  he said:  “Every plant which has not been planted by my  heavenly Father shall be uprooted. {15:14} Leave them alone.  They are blind, and they lead the blind. But if the blind are in  charge of the blind, both will fall into the pit.” {15:15} And responding, Peter said to him, “Explain this parable to us.”  {15:16} But he  said: “Are you, even now,  without  understanding? {15:17} Do you not understand that  everything that enters into the mouth goes into the gut, and is cast into the sewer? {15:18} But what proceeds from the  mouth, goes forth from the heart, and those are the things  that defile  a  man. {15:19} For from the heart go out evil thoughts,  murders,  adulteries, fornications, thefts, false testimonies, blasphemies. {15:20} These are the things that  defile a man. But to eat  without  washing hands  does not  defile a man.” {15:21} And  departing from there, Jesus  withdrew into the areas of Tyre and  Sidon. {15:22} And behold,  a woman of Canaan, going  out from those parts,  cried out, saying  to him: “Take pity on me, Lord, Son of  David. My daughter is badly  afflicted by a  demon.”  {15:23} He  did not say a  word to her. And his disciples,  drawing near, petitioned him, saying: “Dismiss her, for she is  crying out after us.” {15:24} And responding, he said, “I was not sent except to the sheep who have fallen away from the  house of Israel.” {15:25} But she approached and adored him, saying, “Lord, help me.” {15:26} And responding, he said,  “It is not good to take the bread of the children and cast it to the dogs.” {15:27} But she said, “Yes, Lord, but the young  dogs also eat from the crumbs that fall from the table of their  masters.”  {15:28} Then Jesus, responding, said to her:  “O  woman, great is your faith. Let it be done for you just as you wish.”  And her daughter  was healed from that  very hour.  {15:29} And when Jesus had passed from there, he arrived  beside the sea of Galilee. And ascending onto a mountain, he  sat down there. {15:30} And great multitudes came to him, having with them the mute, the blind, the lame, the disabled,  and many others. And they cast them down at his feet, and he cured them, {15:31} so much so that the crowds wondered,  seeing the mute speaking, the lame walking, the blind seeing. And they magnified the God  of Israel.  {15:32} And  Jesus, calling together his disciples, said: “I have compassion on the crowds, because they have persevered with me now for three days, and they do not have anything to eat. And I am not willing to dismiss them, fasting, lest they faint along the way.” {15:33} And the disciples said to him: “From where,  then, in the desert, would we obtain enough bread to satisfy  so a great multitude?” {15:34} And Jesus said to them, “How  many loaves of bread do you have?” But they said, “Seven,  and a few little fish.” {15:35} And he instructed the crowds to recline upon the ground. {15:36} And taking the seven loaves  and the fish, and  giving thanks, he broke and  gave to his disciples, and the disciples gave to the people. {15:37} And  they all ate and were satisfied. And, from what was left over of the fragments, they took up seven full baskets. {15:38} But those who  ate were four thousand men, plus children and women. {15:39} And having  dismissed the crowd, he climbed into a boat. And he went into the coastal region of Magadan.
[Matthew 16] {16:1} And Pharisees and Sadducees  approached him to test him,  and they  asked him to show  them a sign from heaven. {16:2} But he responded by saying to them: “When evening arrives, you say, ‘It will be calm, for the sky is red,’ {16:3} and in the morning, ‘Today there will be a storm, for the sky is red and gloomy.’ So then, you know how to judge the appearance of the sky, but you are unable to  know the signs of the times? {16:4} An evil and adulterous  generation seeks a sign. And a sign shall not be given to it,  except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” And leaving them  behind, he went away. {16:5} And when his disciples went  across the sea, they forgot to bring bread. {16:6} And he said  to them, “Consider and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.” {16:7} But they  were thinking  within  themselves, saying,  “It is because we have not brought bread.” {16:8} Then Jesus, knowing this, said: “Why do you  consider within yourselves, O little in faith, that it is because you have no bread? {16:9} Do you not yet understand, nor remember, the five loaves among the five thousand men, and  how many containers  you took up?  {16:10} Or the  seven  loaves among the four thousand men, and how many baskets you took up? {16:11} Why do you not understand that it was not because of bread that I said to you: Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees?” {16:12} Then they  understood that he was not saying that they should beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and the Sadducees. {16:13} Then Jesus  went into  parts of  Caesarea Philippi. And he questioned his disciples, saying,  “Who do men say that the Son of man is?” {16:14} And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, and others say Elijah, still  others say Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” {16:15} Jesus  said to them,  “But  who do you say that I am?” {16:16} Simon Peter responded by saying,  “You  are the  Christ, the Son of the living God.” {16:17} And in response,  Jesus said to him: “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father,  who is in heaven. {16:18} And I say to you, that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the  gates of Hell shall not prevail against it. {16:19} And I will  give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatever  you shall bind on earth shall be bound, even in heaven. And whatever you shall release on earth shall be released, even in  heaven.” {16:20} Then he instructed his disciples that they  should tell no one that he is Jesus the Christ. {16:21} From  that time, Jesus began to reveal to his disciples that it was necessary for him to go to Jerusalem,  and to suffer much  from the elders and the scribes and the leaders of the priests, and to be killed, and to rise again  on the third day. {16:22} And Peter, taking him aside, began to rebuke him,  saying, “Lord, may it be far from you; this shall not happen  to you.” {16:23} And turning away, Jesus said to Peter: “Get  behind me, Satan; you are an obstacle to me. For you are not  behaving according to what is of God, but according to what  is of men.”  {16:24} Then Jesus said to his  disciples: “If anyone is willing to come after me, let him deny himself, and  take up his cross, and follow me. {16:25} For whoever would  save his life, will lose it. But whoever will have lost his life for  my sake, shall find it. {16:26} For how does it benefit a man,  if he gains the whole world, yet truly suffers damage to his soul? Or what shall  a  man give in exchange for his  soul?  {16:27} For the Son of man will arrive in the glory of his Father, with his Angels. And then he will repay each one according to his works. {16:28} Amen I say to you, there are  some among those standing here, who shall not taste death,  until they see the Son of man arriving in his reign.” 
[Matthew 17] {17:1} And after six days, Jesus took Peter and James and his brother John, and he led them onto a lofty mountain separately. {17:2} And he was transfigured before  them. And his face shined brightly like the sun.  And his  garments were made  white like snow. {17:3} And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, speaking with him.  {17:4} And Peter responded by saying to Jesus: “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you are willing, let us make three  tabernacles here, one for you, one  for Moses,  and one  for  Elijah.”  {17:5} And  while  he was still speaking, behold,  a shining cloud overshadowed them. And behold, there was a voice from the cloud, saying: “This is my beloved Son, with  whom I am  well pleased. Listen to him.” {17:6} And the  disciples, hearing this, fell prone on their face, and they were very afraid. {17:7} And Jesus drew near and touched them.  And he said to them, “Rise up and do not be  afraid.” {17:8} And lifting up their eyes, they saw no one, except Jesus alone. {17:9} And as they were descending from the  mountain, Jesus instructed them, saying, “Tell no one about  the vision, until the Son of man has risen from the dead.” {17:10} And his disciples questioned him, saying, “Why then do the scribes say that it is necessary for Elijah to arrive first?”  {17:11} But  in response, he said to them: “Elijah,  indeed, shall arrive and restore all things. {17:12} But I say to you,  that Elijah has already arrived, and they did not recognize  him, but they did whatever they wanted to him. So also shall the Son of man suffer from them.” {17:13} Then the disciples  understood that he had spoken to them about John the  Baptist. {17:14} And when he had arrived at the multitude, a man approached him, falling to his knees before him, saying:  “Lord, take pity on my son, for he is an epileptic, and he suffers harm. For he frequently falls into fire, and often also  into water. {17:15} And I brought him to your disciples, but  they were not able to cure him.” {17:16} Then  Jesus  responded by saying:  “What an unbelieving and  perverse  generation! How long shall I be with you? How long shall I endure you?  Bring him here to me.”  {17:17} And  Jesus  rebuked him, and the demon went out of him, and the boy was cured from that hour. {17:18} Then the disciples  approached Jesus privately and said, “Why were we unable to  cast him out?” {17:19} Jesus said to them: “Because of your unbelief. Amen I say to you, certainly, if you will have  faith like a grain  of  mustard seed, you will say to this  mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it shall move. And nothing will be impossible for you. {17:20} But this kind is not cast out, except through prayer and fasting.” {17:21} And  when they were conversing together in Galilee, Jesus said to  them: “The Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of  men. {17:22} And they will kill him, but he will rise again on the third day.” And they were extremely saddened.  {17:23} And  when they had arrived  at Capernaum, those  who collected the half shekel approached Peter, and they said to him,  “Doesn’t your Teacher  pay the half shekel?”  {17:24} He said, “Yes.” And when he had entered into the  house, Jesus went before him, saying: “How does it seem to you, Simon?  The kings  of the earth, from whom do they receive tribute or the census tax: from their own sons or from foreigners?” {17:25} And he said, “From foreigners.” Jesus  said to him: “Then the sons are free. {17:26} But so that we may not become an obstacle to them: go to the sea, and cast in a hook, and take the first fish that is brought up, and when you have opened its mouth, you will find a shekel. Take it  and give it to them, for me and for you.”
[Matthew 18] {18:1} In that hour, the disciples drew near to  Jesus, saying, “Whom do you consider to be greater in the  kingdom of heaven?” {18:2} And Jesus, calling to himself a  little child, placed him  in their midst. {18:3} And he said:  “Amen I say to you, unless you change and become like little  children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.  {18:4} Therefore, whoever will have humbled himself like this little child, such a one is  greater in the kingdom  of heaven. {18:5} And whoever shall accept one such little child  in my name, accepts me. {18:6} But whoever will have led  astray one of these little ones, who trust in me, it would be  better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck,  and to be submerged in the depths of the sea. {18:7} Woe to a world that leads people astray! Although it is necessary for temptations to arise, nevertheless: Woe to that man through  whom temptation arises! {18:8} So if your hand or your foot leads you to sin, cut it off and cast it away from you. It is  better for you to enter into life disabled or lame, than to be  sent into eternal fire having two hands  or two feet.  {18:9} And if your eye leads you to sin, root it out and cast it  away from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, than to be sent into the fires of Hell having two eyes.  {18:10} See to it that you do not despise even one of these little ones. For I say to you, that their Angels  in heaven  continually look upon the face of my Father, who is in heaven. {18:11} For the Son of man has come to save what had been lost. {18:12} How does it seem to you? If someone  has one hundred sheep, and if one of them has gone astray,  should he not leave behind the ninety-nine in the mountains,  and go out to seek what has gone astray? {18:13} And if he  should happen to find it: Amen I say to you, that he has more  joy over that one, than over the ninety-nine which did not go astray. {18:14} Even so, it is not the will before your Father,  who is in heaven, that one of these little ones should be lost.  {18:15} But if your brother has sinned against you, go and  correct him, between you and him alone. If he listens to you,  you will have regained your brother. {18:16} But if he will not listen you, invite with you one or two more, so that every word may stand  by the mouth  of two  or three witnesses.  {18:17} And if he will not listen to them, tell the Church. But if he will not listen to the Church, let him be to you like the  pagan and the tax collector. {18:18} Amen I say to you, whatever you will have bound on earth, shall be bound also  in  heaven, and whatever you will have released  on earth, shall be released also in heaven. {18:19} Again I say to you, that if two of those among you have agreed on earth, about anything whatsoever that they have requested, it shall be  done for them by my Father, who is in heaven. {18:20} For wherever two or three are gathered in my name, there am I,  in their midst.” {18:21} Then  Peter,  drawing near to him,  said: “Lord, how many times shall my brother sin against me,  and I forgive him? Even seven times?” {18:22} Jesus said to him: “I do not say to you, even seven times, but even seventy  times seven times. {18:23} Therefore, the kingdom of heaven  is compared to a man who was king, who wanted to take  account of his servants. {18:24} And  when he had  begun taking account, one was brought to him who owed him ten  thousand talents. {18:25} But since he did not have any way  to repay it, his lord ordered him to be sold, with his wife and  children, and all that he had, in order to repay it. {18:26} But that servant,  falling prostrate, begged  him, saying, ‘Have  patience with me, and I will repay it all to you.’ {18:27} Then  the lord of that servant, being moved with pity, released him,  and he forgave his  debt. {18:28} But when that  servant  departed, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him one hundred denarius. And taking hold of him, he choked him, saying: ‘Repay what you owe.’ {18:29} And his fellow  servant, falling  prostrate, petitioned  him, saying: ‘Have  patience with me, and I will repay it all to you.’ {18:30} But  he was not willing. Instead, he went out and had him sent to  prison, until he would repay the debt. {18:31} Now his fellow  servants, seeing what was done, were greatly saddened, and  they went and reported to their lord all that was  done.  {18:32} Then his lord called him, and he said to him: ‘You wicked servant, I forgave you  all your debt, because you pleaded with me. {18:33} Therefore, should you not also  have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I also had compassion on you?’ {18:34} And his lord, being angry,  handed him over to the torturers, until he repaid the entire  debt. {18:35} So, too, shall my heavenly Father do to you, if  each one of you will  not forgive his brother  from your hearts.” 
[Matthew 19] {19:1} And it happened that, when Jesus had  completed these words, he moved away from Galilee, and he arrived within the borders of Judea,  across the Jordan.  {19:2} And great crowds followed him, and he healed them there. {19:3} And the Pharisees approached him, testing him,  and saying, “Is it lawful for a man to separate from his wife,  no matter what the cause?” {19:4} And he said to them in  response, “Have you not read that he who made man from  the beginning, made them male and female?” And he said:  {19:5} “For this reason, a man shall separate from father and  mother, and he shall cling to his wife, and these two shall  become one flesh. {19:6} And so, now they are not two, but  one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, let no  man separate.” {19:7} They said to him, “Then why did  Moses command him to  give a bill of divorce,  and to  separate?” {19:8} He said to them: “Although Moses  permitted you to separate from your  wives, due to the hardness of  your heart, it was not that way from the  beginning. {19:9} And I say to you, that whoever will have separated from his wife, except because of fornication, and  who  will have married another, commits adultery, and  whoever will have married her  who has been separated,  commits adultery.”  {19:10} His disciples said to him, “If such is the case for a man with a wife, then it is not expedient  to marry.” {19:11} And he said to them: “Not everyone is able to grasp this word, but only those to whom it has been  given. {19:12} For there are chaste persons who were born so from their mother’s womb, and there are chaste persons who  have been made so by men, and there are chaste persons who have made themselves chaste for the sake of the kingdom of heaven.  Whoever is able to grasp this, let him grasp  it.”  {19:13} Then they brought to him little children, so that he would place his hands upon them and pray. But the disciples rebuked them. {19:14} Yet truly, Jesus said to them: “Allow  the little children to come to me,  and do not choose to  prohibit them. For the kingdom of heaven is among such as  these.” {19:15} And when he had imposed his hands upon them, he went away from there. {19:16} And  behold, someone approached and said to him, “Good Teacher, what good should I do, so that I may  have eternal life?”  {19:17} And he said to him: “Why do you question me about  what is good? One is good: God. But if you wish to enter into  life, observe the commandments.” {19:18} He said to him,  “Which?” And Jesus said: “You shall not murder. You shall  not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not give false testimony. {19:19} Honor your father and your mother.  And, you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” {19:20} The  young man said to him:  “All these I have kept from my childhood. What is still lacking for me?” {19:21} Jesus said  to him: “If you are willing to be perfect, go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and then you will have treasure in heaven. And come, follow me.” {19:22} And  when the  young man had heard this word, he went away sad, for he  had  many  possessions. {19:23} Then  Jesus said to his  disciples: “Amen, I say to you, that the wealthy shall enter with  difficulty into the kingdom of heaven.  {19:24} And  again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the  eye of a needle, than for the wealthy to enter into the  kingdom of heaven.” {19:25} And  upon hearing this, the  disciples wondered greatly, saying: “Then who will be able to  be saved?” {19:26} But Jesus, gazing at them, said to them:  “With men, this is impossible. But with God, all things are possible.” {19:27} Then Peter responded by saying to him: “Behold, we have left behind all things, and  we have followed you. So then, what will be for us?” {19:28} And  Jesus said to them:  “Amen I say to you, that  at the resurrection, when the Son of man shall sit on the seat of his  majesty, those of you who have followed me shall also sit on twelve seats, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. {19:29} And anyone who has left behind home, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or land, for the sake of my name, shall receive one hundred times more, and shall possess eternal life. {19:30} But many of those who are first  shall be last, and the last shall be first.” 
[Matthew 20] {20:1} “The kingdom  of  heaven is like the  father of a family  who  went out in early morning to lead  workers into his vineyard. {20:2} Then, having made an agreement with the workers for one denarius per day, he sent  them into his vineyard. {20:3} And going out about the third  hour, he saw  others standing idle in the  marketplace.  {20:4} And he said to them, ‘You may go into my vineyard,  too, and what I will give you will be just.’ {20:5} So they  went forth. But again, he went out about the sixth, and about the ninth hour, and he  acted similarly. {20:6} Yet  truly, about the eleventh hour,  he went out and found  others  standing, and he said to them, ‘Why have you stood here idle  all day?’ {20:7} They say to him, ‘Because no one has hired  us.’ He said to them, ‘You also may go into my vineyard.’ {20:8} And  when evening had arrived, the lord  of the  vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages,  beginning from the last,  even to the  first.’  {20:9} And so, when those who had arrived about the eleventh hour came forward, each received a single denarius.  {20:10} Then when the first ones also came forward, they  considered that they would receive more. But they, too, received one denarius. {20:11} And upon receiving it, they  murmured against the father of the family, {20:12} saying,  ‘These last have worked for one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who worked bearing the weight and heat of  the day.’  {20:13} But responding to one of them, he said: ‘Friend, I caused you no injury. Did you not agree with me to  one denarius? {20:14} Take what is yours and go. But it is  my will to give to this last, just as to you. {20:15} And is it not lawful for me to do what I will? Or is your eye wicked  because I am good?’ {20:16} So then, the last shall be first,  and the first shall be last. For many are called, but few are  chosen.” {20:17} And Jesus, ascending  to Jerusalem, took the  twelve disciples aside in private and said to  them:  {20:18} “Behold, we are ascending to Jerusalem, and the Son  of man shall be handed over to the leaders of the priests and  to the scribes.  And they shall condemn him to  death.  {20:19} And they shall hand him over to the Gentiles to be  mocked and scourged and crucified. And on the third day, he shall rise  again.” {20:20} Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee approached him,  with her sons, adoring him, and  petitioning something from him. {20:21} And he said to her,  “What do you want?” She said to him, “Declare that these, my two sons, may sit, one at your right hand, and the other at  your left, in your kingdom.” {20:22} But Jesus, responding,  said: “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink from the chalice, from which I will drink?” They said to  him,  “We are able.” {20:23} He said to them:  “From my chalice, indeed, you shall drink. But to sit at my right or my left is not mine to give to you, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.” {20:24} And the ten, upon hearing this, became indignant with  the two brothers.  {20:25} But Jesus called them to himself and said:  “You know that the first ones among the Gentiles are their rulers,  and that those who are greater exercise power among them. {20:26} It shall not be this way among you. But whoever will  want to be  greater among you, let him be your minister. {20:27} And  whoever  will  want to be first among you, he  shall be your servant, {20:28} even as the Son of man has not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a redemption for many.” {20:29} And as they were departing  from Jericho, a  great crowd followed him. {20:30} And  behold, two blind men, sitting by the way, heard that Jesus  was passing by;  and  they cried out, saying, “Lord, Son of  David, take pity on us.” {20:31} But the crowd rebuked them  to be quiet. But they cried out all the more, saying, “Lord, Son of David, take pity on us.” {20:32} And Jesus stood still,  and he called them and said,  “What do you want, that I  might do for you?” {20:33} They said to him, “Lord, that our  eyes be opened.” {20:34} Then Jesus, taking pity on them,  touched their eyes.  And immediately they saw, and they  followed him. 
[Matthew 21] {21:1} And when they  had  drawn near to  Jerusalem, and had arrived at Bethphage, at the Mount of  Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, {21:2} saying to them: “Go into the town that is opposite you, and immediately you  will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Release them, and lead them to me. {21:3} And if anyone will have said  anything to you, say that the Lord has need of them. And he  will promptly dismiss them.” {21:4} Now all this was done in order to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet, saying,  {21:5} “Tell the daughter of Zion: Behold, your king comes to you meekly, sitting on a donkey and on a colt, the son of one accustomed to the  yoke.” {21:6} Then the  disciples,  going out, did just as Jesus instructed them. {21:7} And they  brought the donkey and the colt, and they laid their garments  on them, and they helped him sit upon them. {21:8} Then a  very numerous crowd spread their garments on the way. But  others cut branches from the trees and scattered them on the way. {21:9} And the crowds that preceded him, and those  that followed, cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son  of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!” {21:10} And when he had entered  into Jerusalem, the entire city was stirred up, saying, “Who is  this?” {21:11} But the people were saying, “This is Jesus, the  Prophet from  Nazareth of Galilee.” {21:12} And  Jesus entered into the temple of God, and he cast out all who were selling and buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the chairs of the vendors of doves. {21:13} And he said to them: “It is written: ‘My house shall  be called a house of prayer. But you have made it into a den of robbers.’ ” {21:14} And the blind and the lame drew near  to him in the temple; and he healed them. {21:15} Then the  leaders of the priests and the scribes became indignant, seeing the miracles that he wrought, and the children crying out in the  temple, saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!”  {21:16} And they said to him, “Do you hear what these ones  are saying?” But Jesus said to them, “Certainly. Have you never read: For out of the mouth of babes and infants, you have perfected praise?” {21:17} And leaving them behind, he went out, beyond the city, into Bethania, and he lodged here. {21:18} Then, as he was returning to the city in the morning,  he was hungry. {21:19} And seeing a certain fig tree beside  the way, he approached it.  And he found nothing on it,  except only leaves. And he said to it, “May fruit never spring  forth from you, for all time.” And immediately the fig tree was dried up. {21:20} And seeing this, the disciples  wondered, saying,  “How did it dry up so quickly?” {21:21} And Jesus responded to them by saying: “Amen I  say to you, if you have faith and do not hesitate, not only  shall you do  this, concerning the fig tree, but even if you  would say to this mountain, ‘Take and cast yourself into the  sea,’ it shall be done. {21:22} And all things whatsoever that you shall ask for in  prayer: believing,  you shall receive.”  {21:23} And when he had arrived at the temple, as he was teaching, the leaders of the priests and the elders of the people  approached him, saying: “By what authority do you do these things? And who has given this authority to you?” {21:24} In  response, Jesus said to them: “I also will question you with one word: if you tell me this, I also will tell you by what  authority I  do these things. {21:25} The baptism  of John, where was it from? Was it from heaven, or from men?” But they thought within themselves, saying: {21:26} “If we say,  ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Then why did you not  believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From men,’ we have the crowd  to fear, for they all hold John to be a prophet.” {21:27} And  so, they answered Jesus by saying, “We do not know.” So he also said to them: “Neither will I tell you by what authority I  do these things. {21:28} But how  does  it seem to you? A  certain man had two sons. And approaching the first, he said: ‘Son, go out today to work in  my  vineyard.’ {21:29} And responding, he said, ‘I am not willing.’ But afterwards, being  moved by repentance, he went. {21:30} And approaching the  other, he spoke similarly.  And answering, he said,  ‘I am  going, lord.’ And he did not go. {21:31} Which of the two  did the  will  of the father?” They said to him,  “The first.” Jesus said to them: “Amen I say to you, that tax collectors  and prostitutes shall precede you, into the kingdom of God. {21:32} For John came to you in the way of justice, and you did not believe him. But the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. Yet even after seeing this, you did not repent, so as to believe him. {21:33} Listen to another parable. There was a man, the father of a family, who planted a vineyard,  and surrounded it with a hedge, and dug a press in it, and  built a tower. And he loaned it out to farmers, and he set out  to sojourn abroad. {21:34} Then, when the time of the fruits  drew near, he sent his servants to the farmers, so that they might receive its fruits. {21:35} And the farmers apprehended  his servants; they struck one, and killed another, and stoned  yet another. {21:36} Again, he sent other servants, more than  before; and they treated them similarly. {21:37} Then, at the  very end, he sent his son to them, saying: ‘They will revere  my son.’ {21:38} But the farmers, seeing the son, said among  themselves: ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and then  we will have his inheritance.’ {21:39} And apprehending him, they cast him outside the vineyard,  and they killed him.  {21:40} Therefore,  when the lord of the vineyard arrives,  what will he do to those farmers?” {21:41} They said to him,  “He will bring those evil men to an evil end, and he will loan  out his vineyard to other farmers, who shall repay to him the fruit in its time.” {21:42} Jesus said to them: “Have you  never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone that the builders have rejected has become the cornerstone. By the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our  eyes?’ {21:43} Therefore, I say to you, that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you, and it shall be given to a people  who shall produce its fruits. {21:44} And whoever will have  fallen on this stone shall be broken, yet truly, on whomever it  shall fall, it will crush him.” {21:45} And when the leaders of  the priests, and the Pharisees had heard his  parables, they  knew that he was speaking about them. {21:46} And though  they sought to take hold of him, they feared the crowds,  because they held him to be a prophet. 
[Matthew 22] {22:1} And responding, Jesus again spoke to  them in parables, saying: {22:2} “The kingdom of heaven is  like a man who was king, who celebrated a wedding for his  son. {22:3} And he sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding. But they were not willing to come.  {22:4} Again, he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell the invited: Behold, I have prepared my meal. My bulls and fatlings have  been killed, and all is ready. Come to the wedding.’ {22:5} But they ignored this and they went away: one to his country estate, and another to his business. {22:6} Yet truly, the rest took hold of his servants and, having treated them with contempt, killed them. {22:7} But when the king heard  this, he was angry. And sending out his armies, he destroyed  those murderers, and he burned their city. {22:8} Then he  said to his servants: ‘The wedding, indeed, has been prepared. But those who  were invited  were not  worthy. {22:9} Therefore, go out to the ways, and call whomever you  will find to the wedding.’ {22:10} And his servants, departing into the ways, gathered all those whom they found, bad and good, and the wedding was filled with guests. {22:11} Then  the king entered to see the guests. And he saw a man there who was not clothed in a wedding garment. {22:12} And he  said to him, ‘Friend, how is it that you have entered here without having a wedding garment?’ But he was dumbstruck. {22:13} Then the king said to the ministers: ‘Bind his hands  and feet, and cast him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. {22:14} For many are  called, but few are chosen.’ ”  {22:15} Then the Pharisees, going out, took counsel as to how they might entrap him in speech. {22:16} And they sent their disciples to him, with the Herodians, saying: “Teacher, we know that you are truthful,  and that you teach the  way  of God in truth, and that the  influence of others is nothing to you. For you do not consider the reputation of men. {22:17} Therefore, tell us, how does it  seem to you? Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar, or not?”  {22:18} But Jesus,  knowing their wickedness, said:  “Why do you test me, you hypocrites? {22:19} Show me the coin of the census tax.” And they offered him a denarius.  {22:20} And Jesus said to them, “Whose image is this, and  whose  inscription?” {22:21} They said to him, “Caesar’s.”  Then he said to them,  “Then render to Caesar what is  of Caesar; and to God what is of God.” {22:22} And hearing  this, they wondered. And having left him behind, they went  away. {22:23} In that day, the Sadducees, who say there is to  be no resurrection, approached him. And they  questioned  him, {22:24} saying:  “Teacher, Moses said: If anyone will  have died, having no son, his brother shall marry his wife,  and he shall raise up offspring to his brother. {22:25} Now  there were seven brothers with us. And the first, having taken  a wife, died. And having no offspring, he left his wife to his brother: {22:26} similarly  with the second, and the third, even to the seventh. {22:27} And last of all, the woman also passed away. {22:28} In the resurrection, then, whose wife of  the seven will she be? For they all had her.” {22:29} But Jesus responded to them by saying: “You have gone astray by knowing neither the Scriptures, nor the power of God. {22:30} For in the resurrection, they shall neither marry, nor  be given in marriage. Instead, they shall be like the Angels of  God in heaven. {22:31} But concerning the resurrection of  the dead, have you not read what was spoken by God, saying  to you: {22:32} ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?’ He is not the God of the dead,  but of the living.” {22:33} And when the crowds heard this,  they  wondered  at his doctrine.  {22:34} But  the Pharisees,  hearing that he had caused the Sadducees to be silent, came together as one. {22:35} And one of them, a doctor of the law,  questioned him, to test him: {22:36} “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” {22:37} Jesus said to him:  “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God from all your heart, and  with all your soul and with all your mind.’ {22:38} This is the  greatest and first commandment. {22:39} But the second is similar to it: ‘You shall love your neighbor  as yourself.’  {22:40} On these two commandments the entire law depends,  and also the prophets.” {22:41} Then,  when the Pharisees  were gathered together, Jesus  questioned  them, {22:42} saying: “What do you think about the Christ? Whose  son is he?” They said to him, “David’s.” {22:43} He said to them: “Then how can David, in the Spirit, call him Lord, saying: {22:44} ‘The Lord said to my Lord: Sit at my right  hand, until I make your enemies your footstool?’ {22:45} So  then, if David calls him  Lord, how can he be his son?”  {22:46} And no one was able to respond to him a word. And  neither did anyone dare, from that day forward, to question him. 
[Matthew 23] {23:1} Then Jesus spoke to the crowds, and to his disciples, {23:2} saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees  have sat down in the chair of Moses. {23:3} Therefore, all things whatsoever that they shall say to you, observe and do.  Yet truly, do not choose to act according to their works. For  they say, but they do not do. {23:4} For they bind up heavy  and unbearable burdens, and they impose them on men’s  shoulders. But they are not willing to move them with even a  finger of their own. {23:5} Truly, they do all their works so  that they may be seen by men. For  they enlarge their  phylacteries and glorify their hems. {23:6} And they love the  first places at feasts, and the first chairs in the synagogues,  {23:7} and  greetings in the marketplace, and to be called  Master by men. {23:8} But you must not be called Master.  For One is your Master, and you are all brothers. {23:9} And do not choose to call anyone on earth your father. For One is your Father, who is in heaven. {23:10} Neither should you be called teachers. For One is your  Teacher, the  Christ.  {23:11} Whoever is greater among you shall be your minister.  {23:12} But whoever has exalted himself, shall be humbled.  And whoever has humbled himself, shall be exalted.  {23:13} So then: Woe to  you, scribes  and Pharisees, you  hypocrites! For you close the kingdom of heaven before men.  For you yourselves do not enter, and those who are entering, you would not permit to enter. {23:14} Woe to you scribes  and Pharisees, you hypocrites! For you consume the houses  of widows, praying long prayers. Because of this, you shall receive the greater judgment. {23:15} Woe to you, scribes  and Pharisees, you hypocrites! For you travel around by sea  and by land, in order to make one convert. And when he has  been converted, you make him twice the son of Hell that you  are yourselves. {23:16} Woe to you, blind guides, who say:  ‘Whoever will have sworn by the temple, it is nothing. But  whoever will have sworn by the  gold of the temple is obligated.’ {23:17} You are foolish and blind! For which is greater: the gold,  or the temple that sanctifies the gold? {23:18} And you say: ‘Whoever will have sworn by the altar,  it is nothing. But whoever will have sworn by the gift that is on  the altar is  obligated.’ {23:19} How blind you are! For which is greater: the gift, or the altar that sanctifies the gift?  {23:20} Therefore, whoever swears by the altar, swears by it,  and by all that is on it. {23:21} And whoever will have sworn by the temple, swears by it, and by him who dwells in it.  {23:22} And  whoever swears by heaven, swears by the  throne of God, and by him who sits upon it. {23:23} Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! For you collect  tithes on mint and dill and cumin, but you have abandoned  the weightier things of the law: judgment and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, while not omitting the others. {23:24} You blind  guides, straining  out a  gnat, while swallowing  a camel! {23:25} Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! For you clean what is outside the cup and the dish, but on the inside you are full of avarice and  impurity. {23:26} You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the dish, and then what is outside becomes  clean. {23:27} Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed sepulchers, which outwardly appear brilliant to men, yet truly, inside, they are filled with the bones of the dead and with all filth. {23:28} So also, you certainly appear to men outwardly to be just. But  inwardly you are filled with hypocrisy and iniquity. {23:29} Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites, who build the sepulchers  of the  prophets and adorn the  monuments of the just. {23:30} And then you say, ‘If we had  been there in the days  of our fathers,  we would not have joined with them in the blood of the prophets.’ {23:31} And  so you are witnesses against yourselves, that you are the sons  of those who killed the prophets. {23:32} Complete, then, the  measure of your fathers. {23:33} You serpents, you brood of  vipers! How  will you escape from the  judgment  of Hell? {23:34} For this reason, behold, I send to you prophets and  wisemen, and scribes.  And some  of these you  will  put to  death and crucify; and some you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city, {23:35} so that upon you may fall all the blood of the just, which has been shed upon the earth, from the blood of Abel the just, even to  the blood  of Zechariah the son of Barachiah, whom you killed between the temple and the altar. {23:36} Amen I say to you, all these things shall fall upon this generation.  {23:37} Jerusalem, Jerusalem! You kill the  prophets and  stone those who have been sent to you. How often I have  wanted to gather your children together, in the way that a  hen gathers her young under her wings. But you were not  willing! {23:38} Behold, your house shall be abandoned to  you, having  been deserted. {23:39} For I say to you, you shall not see  me again, until  you say: ‘Blessed is he who  comes in the name of the Lord.’ ” 
[Matthew 24] {24:1} And Jesus departed from the temple  and went away. And his disciples approached him, so as to  show him the buildings of the temple. {24:2} But he said to  them in response: “Do you see all these things? Amen I say  to you, there shall not remain here stone upon stone, which is not torn down.” {24:3} Then, when he was seated at the  Mount of Olives, the disciples drew near to him privately,  saying: “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be  the sign of your advent and of the consummation of the age?”  {24:4} And  answering, Jesus said to them:  “Pay  attention,  lest someone lead you astray. {24:5} For many will come in my name saying, ‘I am the Christ.’ And they will lead many astray. {24:6} For you  will hear of battles and rumors of  battles. Take care not to be disturbed. For these things must  be, but the end is not so soon. {24:7} For nation will rise  against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will  be pestilences, and famines, and earthquakes in places.  {24:8} But all these things are just the beginning  of the  sorrows. {24:9} Then they will hand you over to tribulation, and they will kill you. And you will be hated by all nations for the sake of my name. {24:10} And then many will be led  into sin, and will betray one another, and will have hatred for one another. {24:11} And many false prophets will arise, and  they will lead many astray. {24:12} And because iniquity has abounded, the charity of many will grow cold. {24:13} But whoever will have persevered until the end, the same shall be saved. {24:14} And this Gospel  of the  kingdom shall be  preached throughout the entire world, as a testimony to all nations. And then the consummation will  occur.  {24:15} Therefore, when you will have seen the abomination  of desolation, which was spoken of by the prophet Daniel,  standing in the holy place, may he who reads understand,  {24:16} then  those who are in Judea, let them flee to the mountains. {24:17} And whoever is on the roof, let him not  descend to take anything from his house.  {24:18} And  whoever is in the field, let him not turn back to take his tunic.  {24:19} So then, woe to those who are pregnant or nursing in  those days. {24:20} But pray that your flight may not be in  winter, or on the Sabbath. {24:21} For then there will be a  great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until the present, and such as  will not be.  {24:22} And unless those days had been shortened, no flesh  would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, those days shall  be shortened. {24:23} Then if anyone will have said to you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ,’ or ‘he is there,’ do not be willing  to believe it. {24:24} For there will arise false Christs and  false prophets. And they will produce great signs and  wonders, so much so as to lead into error even the elect (if  this could  be). {24:25} Behold, I have warned you beforehand. {24:26} Therefore, if they will have said to you, ‘Behold, he is in the  desert,’ do not choose to go out, or, ‘Behold, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not be willing to believe  it. {24:27} For just as lightning goes out from the east, and  appears even in the west, so shall it be also at the advent of  the Son of man. {24:28} Wherever the body shall be, there also  will the eagles be gathered together. {24:29} And  immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun will be darkened,  and the  moon will  not  give its light,  and the  stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will  be shaken. {24:30} And then the sign of the Son of man shall  appear in heaven. And then all tribes of the earth shall mourn. And they shall see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven, with great power and majesty. {24:31} And he shall  send out his Angels with a trumpet and a great voice. And  they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the heights of the heavens, even to their furthest limits.  {24:32} So, from the fig tree learn a parable. When its branch  has now become tender and the leaves have sprung forth, you know that summer is near. {24:33} So also, when you will  have seen all these things, know that it is near, even at the  threshold. {24:34} Amen I say to you, that this lineage shall not  pass away, until all these things have been  done.  {24:35} Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. {24:36} But concerning that day and  hour, no one knows, not even the Angels of the heavens, but  only the Father. {24:37} And just as in the days of Noah, so  also will be the advent of the Son of man. {24:38} For it will be just as it was in the days before the flood: eating and drinking, marrying and being given in marriage, even until  that day when Noah entered into the ark. {24:39} And they did not realize it, until the flood came and took them all away.  So also will the advent of the Son of man be. {24:40} Then two men will be in a field: one will be taken up, and one will be left behind. {24:41} Two women will be  grinding at a  millstone: one will be taken up, and one will be left behind. {24:42} Therefore, be vigilant. For you do not know at what hour your Lord will return. {24:43} But know this: if only the  father of the family knew at what hour the thief would arrive, he would certainly keep vigil and not permit his house to be broken into. {24:44} For this reason, you  also must be  prepared, for you do not know at what hour the Son of man will return. {24:45} Consider this:  who is a faithful and  prudent servant, who has been appointed by his lord over his family, to  give them  their portion in  due time?  {24:46} Blessed is that servant, if, when his lord has arrived,  he shall find him doing so. {24:47} Amen I say to you, he shall appoint him over all of his goods. {24:48} But if that evil servant has said in his heart, ‘My lord has been delayed  in returning,’ {24:49} and so, he begins to strike his fellow  servants,  and he eats and drinks  with the inebriated: {24:50} then the lord of that servant will arrive on a day that  he does not expect, and at an hour that he does not know.  {24:51} And  he shall separate him,  and he shall place his portion with the hypocrites, where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 
[Matthew 25] {25:1} “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be  like ten virgins, who, taking their lamps, went out to meet the groom and the bride. {25:2} But five of them were foolish,  and five were prudent. {25:3} For the  five foolish,  having  brought their lamps, did not take oil with them. {25:4} Yet  truly, the prudent ones brought the oil, in their containers,  with the lamps. {25:5} Since the bridegroom was delayed,  they all fell asleep, and they were sleeping. {25:6} But in the  middle of the night, a cry went out: ‘Behold, the groom is arriving. Go out to meet him.’ {25:7} Then all those virgins rose up and trimmed their lamps. {25:8} But the foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give to us from your oil, for our lamps are being extinguished.’ {25:9} The prudent responded by saying, ‘Lest perhaps there may not be enough for us and for you, it  would be better for you to go to the vendors and buy some for  yourselves.’ {25:10} But while they were going to buy it, the  groom arrived. And those who were prepared entered with  him to the wedding, and the door was closed. {25:11} Yet  truly, at the  very end, the remaining  virgins also arrived, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us.’ {25:12} But he responded  by saying, ‘Amen I say to you, I  do not  know you.’  {25:13} And  so you  must  be vigilant, because you do not know the day or the hour. {25:14} For it is like a man setting  out on a long journey, who called his servants and delivered  to them his goods. {25:15} And to one he gave five talents, and to another two, yet to another he gave one, to each according to his own  ability. And promptly, he set out.  {25:16} Then he who had received five talents went out, and  he made use of these, and he  gained another five.  {25:17} And  similarly, he who had received two gained another two. {25:18} But he who had received one, going out, dug into the earth, and  he hid the money  of his lord. {25:19} Yet truly, after a long time, the lord of those servants returned and he settled accounts  with them. {25:20} And  when he who had received five talents approached, he brought another five talents, saying: ‘Lord, you delivered five talents to me. Behold, I have increased it by another five.’ {25:21} His lord said to him: ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. Since you have been faithful over a few things, I will appoint you  over many things. Enter  into the  gladness of your  lord.’ {25:22} Then he  who had  received two  talents also approached, and he said:  ‘Lord, you delivered two talents to  me. Behold, I have  gained another two.’  {25:23} His lord said to him: ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. Since you have been faithful over a few things, I will appoint you  over many things. Enter  into the  gladness of your lord.’ {25:24} Then  he who had  received  one  talent, approaching, said: ‘Lord, I know that you are a hard man. You reap where you have not sown, and gather where you have not scattered. {25:25} And so, being afraid, I went out  and hid your talent in the earth. Behold, you have what is yours.’ {25:26} But his lord said to him in response: ‘You evil and lazy servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I  have not scattered. {25:27} Therefore, you should have deposited my  money with the bankers, and then, at my arrival, at least I would  have received what is  mine with interest. {25:28} And so,  take the talent away from him and give it the one who has ten  talents. {25:29} For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he shall have in abundance. But from him who has not,  even what he seems to have, shall be taken  away.  {25:30} And cast that useless servant into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing  of teeth.’  {25:31} But  when the Son  of man will have  arrived in his majesty, and all the Angels with him, then he will sit upon the seat of his majesty. {25:32} And all the nations shall be gathered together before him.  And he shall separate them from one another, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from  the goats. {25:33} And he shall station the sheep, indeed, on his right, but the goats  on his left. {25:34} Then the King  shall say to those who will be on his right: ‘Come, you blessed of my Father. Possess the kingdom prepared for you  from the foundation of the world. {25:35} For I was hungry,  and you gave me to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me to drink; I was a stranger, and you took me in; {25:36} naked,  and you covered me; sick, and you visited me; I was in prison,  and you came to me.’ {25:37} Then the just will answer him,  saying: ‘Lord, when have we see you hungry, and fed you;  thirsty, and given you  drink? {25:38} And when have we seen you a stranger, and taken you in? Or naked, and covered  you? {25:39} Or when did we see you sick, or in prison, and visit to you?’ {25:40} And in response, the King shall say to  them, ‘Amen I say to you, whenever you did this for one of these, the least of my brothers, you did it for me.’  {25:41} Then he shall also say, to those who will be on his  left: ‘Depart from me, you accursed ones, into the eternal fire,  which was prepared for the devil and his angels. {25:42} For I was hungry, and you did not give me to eat; I was thirsty,  and you did not give me to drink; {25:43} I was a stranger and you did not take me in; naked, and you did not cover me; sick and in prison, and you did not visit me.’ {25:44} Then they will also answer him, saying: ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in  prison, and did not minister to you?’ {25:45} Then he shall  respond to them by saying: ‘Amen I say to you, whenever you did not do it to one of these least, neither did you do it to me.’ {25:46} And these shall go into eternal punishment, but the just shall go into eternal life.” 
[Matthew 26] {26:1} And it happened that, when Jesus had  completed all these words, he said to his disciples,  {26:2} “You know that after two days the Passover will begin,  and the Son  of man will  be handed over to be crucified.” {26:3} Then the leaders of the priests and the elders of the  people were gathered together in the court of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas. {26:4} And they took counsel so  that by deceitfulness they might take hold of Jesus and kill him. {26:5} But they said, “Not on the feast day, lest perhaps  there may be a tumult among the people.” {26:6} And when Jesus was in Bethania, in the house of Simon the  leper,  {26:7} a woman drew near to him, holding an alabaster box of precious ointment, and she poured it over his head while he was reclining at table. {26:8} But the disciples, seeing this, were indignant, saying: “What is the purpose of this waste? {26:9} For this could have been sold for a great deal, so as to  be given to the poor.” {26:10} But Jesus, knowing this, said  to them: “Why are you bothering this woman? For she has  done a good deed to me. {26:11} For the poor you will  always have  with you. But you will not always have me.  {26:12} For in pouring this ointment on my body, she has  prepared for my burial. {26:13} Amen I say to you, wherever this Gospel will be preached in the whole world, what she  has done also shall be told, in memory of her.” {26:14} Then  one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the leaders of the priests, {26:15} and he said to them, “What are  you willing to give me, if I hand him over to you?” So they  appointed thirty pieces of silver for him. {26:16} And from  then on, he sought  an opportunity to betray him.  {26:17} Then, on the first day  of Unleavened Bread, the disciples approached Jesus, saying, “Where do you want us  to prepare for you to eat the Passover?” {26:18} So Jesus said,  “Go into the city, to a certain one, and say to him: ‘The  Teacher said: My time is near. I am observing the Passover  with  you, along  with my disciples.’ ”  {26:19} And  the  disciples did  just as Jesus appointed to them. And they  prepared the Passover. {26:20} Then, when evening arrived, he sat at table with his twelve disciples. {26:21} And while  they were eating, he said: “Amen I say to you, that one of you is about to betray  me.” {26:22} And being  greatly saddened, each one of them began to say, “Surely, it is not I,  Lord?” {26:23} But he responded by saying: “He who dips his hand with me into the dish, the same will betray me.  {26:24} Indeed, the Son of man goes,  just as it has been  written about him. But woe to that man by whom the Son of man will be betrayed. It would be better for that man if he  had not been born.” {26:25} Then Judas, who betrayed him,  responded by saying, “Surely, it is not I, Master?” He said to  him, “You have said it.” {26:26} Now while they were eating  the meal, Jesus took bread, and he blessed and broke and  gave it to his disciples, and he said: “Take and eat. This is my  body.” {26:27} And taking the chalice, he gave thanks. And  he gave it to them, saying: “Drink from this, all of you.  {26:28} For this is my blood of the new covenant, which shall be shed for many as a remission of sins. {26:29} But I  say to you, I will not drink again from this fruit of the vine, until that day when I  will drink it new with you in the  kingdom of my Father.” {26:30} And after a hymn was sung,  they went out to the Mount of Olives. {26:31} Then Jesus said to them: “You will all fall away from me in this night.  For it has been written: ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ {26:32} But after I have risen again, I will go before you to Galilee.” {26:33} Then  Peter responded by saying to him, “Even if everyone else has  fallen away from you, I will never fall away.” {26:34} Jesus  said to him, “Amen I say to you, that in this night, before the  rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” {26:35} Peter said to him, “Even if it is necessary for me to die with you, I will not  deny you.”  And  all the  disciples spoke similarly.  {26:36} Then Jesus went with them to a garden,  which is  called Gethsemani. And he said to his disciples, “Sit down here, while I go there and pray.” {26:37} And taking with him  Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began  to be sorrowful and saddened. {26:38} Then he said to them: “My soul is sorrowful, even unto death. Stay here and keep vigil  with me.” {26:39} And continuing on a little further, he fell  prostrate on his face, praying and saying: “My Father, if it is  possible, let this chalice pass away from me. Yet truly, let it not be as I will, but as you will.” {26:40} And he approached  his disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter: “So, were you not able to keep vigil with me for one hour?  {26:41} Be vigilant and pray, so that you may not enter into temptation. Indeed, the spirit  is  willing, but the flesh is  weak.” {26:42} Again, a second time, he went and prayed, saying, “My Father, if this chalice cannot pass away, unless I  drink it, let your will be done.” {26:43} And again, he went  and found them sleeping, for their  eyes were heavy.  {26:44} And leaving them behind, again he went and prayed  for the third time, saying the same words. {26:45} Then he approached his disciples and said to them: “Sleep now and  rest. Behold, the hour has drawn near, and the Son of man will be delivered into the hands of sinners. {26:46} Rise up;  let us go. Behold, he who will betray me draws  near.”  {26:47} While he was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived,  and with him was a large crowd  with swords and clubs, sent from the leaders of the priests and the  elders of the people. {26:48} And he who betrayed him gave them a sign,  saying:  “Whomever I  will  kiss, it is he.  Take hold of him.” {26:49} And quickly drawing close to Jesus, he  said, “Hail, Master.” And he kissed him. {26:50} And Jesus said to him,  “Friend, for  what purpose have you  come?”  Then they approached,  and they put their hands  on Jesus, and they held him. {26:51} And behold, one of those who were with Jesus, extending his hand, drew his sword  and struck the servant of the  high priest, cutting  off his ear.  {26:52} Then Jesus said to him: “Put your sword back in its  place. For all who take up the sword  shall perish by the sword. {26:53} Or do you think that I cannot ask my Father, so that he  would give me, even now,  more than twelve  legions of Angels? {26:54} How then would the Scriptures be  fulfilled, which say that it must be so?” {26:55} In that same  hour, Jesus said to the crowds: “You went out, as if to a  robber,  with  swords and clubs to seize  me. Yet I sat daily with you, teaching in the temple, and you did not take hold of me. {26:56} But  all this has  happened so that the  Scriptures  of the prophets may be fulfilled.” Then all the  disciples fled, abandoning him. {26:57} But those who were holding Jesus led him to Caiaphas, the high priest, where the  scribes and the elders had joined together. {26:58} Then  Peter followed him from a distance, as far as the court of the high priest. And going inside, he sat down with the servants,  so that he might see the end. {26:59} Then the leaders of the priests and the entire council sought false testimony against  Jesus, so that they might deliver him to death. {26:60} And  they did not find any, even though many false witnesses had  come forward. Then, at the very end, two false witnesses came forward, {26:61} and they said, “This man said: ‘I am  able to destroy the temple of God, and, after three days, to rebuild it.’ ” {26:62} And the high priest, rising up, said to him, “Have you nothing to respond to what these ones testify  against you?” {26:63} But  Jesus was silent. And the high priest said to him, “I bind you by an oath to the living God to  tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” {26:64} Jesus  said to him: “You have  said it. Yet truly I say to you, hereafter you shall see the Son  of man sitting at the right  hand  of the power of God, and coming on the clouds of heaven.” {26:65} Then the high  priest  tore his garments,  saying: “He has blasphemed. Why do we still need witnesses?  Behold, you  have now heard  the blasphemy. {26:66} How  does it seem to you?” So they responded by saying, “He is guilty  unto death.” {26:67} Then they spit in his face, and  they struck him with fists. And others struck his face with the  palms  of their hands, {26:68} saying:  “Prophesy for us, O  Christ. Who is the one that struck you?” {26:69} Yet truly,  Peter sat outside in the courtyard. And a maidservant  approached  him, saying, “You also were with Jesus the  Galilean.” {26:70} But he denied it in the sight of them all,  saying, “I do not know what you are saying.” {26:71} Then,  as he exited by the gate, another maidservant saw him. And  she said to those who were there, “This man also was with Jesus of Nazareth.” {26:72} And again, he denied it with an  oath, “For I do not know the man.” {26:73} And after a little while, those  who were standing nearby came  and said to Peter: “Truly, you also are  one of them. For even your  manner of speaking reveals you.” {26:74} Then he began to curse and to swear that he had not known the man. And  immediately the rooster crowed.  {26:75} And Peter  remembered the words of Jesus, which he had said: “Before  the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” And going  outside, he wept bitterly. 
[Matthew 27] {27:1} Then, when  morning arrived, all the  leaders of the priests and the elders of the people took counsel  against Jesus, so that they might  deliver him to death. {27:2} And they led him, bound, and handed him over to Pontius Pilate, the procurator. {27:3} Then Judas, who betrayed him, seeing that he had been condemned, regretting  his conduct, brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the  leaders of the priests and the elders, {27:4} saying, “I have sinned in betraying just blood.” But they said to him: “What  is that to us? See to it yourself.” {27:5} And throwing down the pieces of silver in the temple, he departed. And going out,  he hanged himself with a snare. {27:6} But the leaders of the  priests, having taken up the pieces of silver, said, “It is not  lawful to put them into the temple offerings, because it is the  price of blood.” {27:7} Then, having taken counsel, they bought the potter’s  field with  it, as a  burying place  for  sojourners. {27:8} For this reason, that field is called  Haceldama, that is, ‘The Field of Blood,’ even to this very day. {27:9} Then what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah  was fulfilled, saying, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of the one being appraised, whom they appraised before the sons of  Israel,  {27:10} and they gave it for the  potter’s field, just  as the Lord appointed to me.”  {27:11} Now Jesus stood before the  procurator, and the procurator questioned him, saying, “You are the king of the  Jews?” Jesus said to him, “You are saying so.” {27:12} And  when he was accused by the leaders of the priests and the  elders, he responded nothing. {27:13} Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how much testimony they speak against you?” {27:14} And he did not respond any word to him, so that the procurator  wondered greatly. {27:15} Now  on the  solemn day, the procurator was accustomed to release to the  people one prisoner, whomever they wished. {27:16} And at that time, he had  a notorious prisoner, who was  called  Barabbas. {27:17} Therefore, having been gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Who is it that you want me to release to you: Barabbas, or Jesus, who is called Christ?” {27:18} For  he knew that it was out of envy they had handed him over.  {27:19} But as he was sitting in the place for the tribunal, his  wife sent to him, saying: “It is nothing to you, and he is just.  For I have experienced many things today through a vision  for his sake.” {27:20} But the leaders of the priests and the elders persuaded the  people, so that they would  ask for  Barabbas, and so that Jesus would perish. {27:21} Then, in  response, the procurator said to them, “Which of the two do you want to be released to you?” But they said to him, “Barabbas.” {27:22} Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I  do about Jesus, who is called Christ?” They all said, “Let him  be crucified.” {27:23} The procurator said to them, “But what evil has he done?” But they cried out  all the  more,  saying, “Let  him be crucified.” {27:24} Then  Pilate,  seeing  that he was able to accomplish nothing, but that a greater  tumult was occurring, taking water, washed his hands in the  sight of the people, saying: “I am innocent of the blood of this just man. See to it yourselves.” {27:25} And the entire people responded by saying, “May his blood be upon us and upon our  children.” {27:26} Then he released Barabbas to them.  But Jesus, having been scourged, he handed over to them, so that he would be crucified. {27:27} Then the soldiers of the  procurator, taking Jesus up to the praetorium, gathered the entire cohort around him. {27:28} And  stripping him, they put a scarlet cloak around him. {27:29} And plaiting a crown of thorns, they placed it on his head, with a reed in his right hand. And genuflecting before him, they mocked him, saying,  “Hail, King of the Jews.” {27:30} And spitting on him, they  took the reed and struck his head. {27:31} And after they had  mocked him, they stripped him of the cloak, and clothed him  with his own garments, and they led him away to crucify him.  {27:32} But as they were going out, they came upon a man of Cyrene, named Simon, whom they compelled to take up his  cross. {27:33} And they arrived at the place which is called  Golgotha, which is the place of Calvary. {27:34} And they gave him wine to drink, mixed with gall. And when he had  tasted it, he refused to drink it. {27:35} Then, after they had  crucified him, they divided his garments, casting lots, in order  to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying: “They divided my garments among them, and over my  vestment they cast lots.” {27:36} And sitting down, they observed him.  {27:37} And they set his accusation above his head, written as: THIS IS JESUS, KING OF THE JEWS. {27:38} Then two robbers were crucified with him: one on the right and  one on the left. {27:39} But those passing by blasphemed him,  shaking their heads, {27:40} and saying: “Ah, so you would  destroy the temple of God and in three days rebuild it! Save your own self. If you are the Son of God, descend from the  cross.” {27:41} And similarly, the leaders of the priests, with  the scribes and the elders, mocking him, said: {27:42} “He  saved  others; he  cannot save  himself. If he is the  King  of Israel, let him  descend now from the cross,  and  we will  believe in him. {27:43} He trusted in God; so now, let God  free him, if  he wills him. For  he said, ‘I am the Son  of  God.’ ” {27:44} Then, the robbers who were crucified with him also reproached him with the very same thing.  {27:45} Now  from the sixth hour, there was  darkness over  the entire earth, even until the ninth hour. {27:46} And about  the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying: “Eli, Eli, lamma sabacthani?” that is,  “My God, My God,  why  have you forsaken me?” {27:47} Then certain ones who were  standing and listening there said, “This man calls  upon Elijah.”  {27:48} And  one  of them, running quickly, took  a  sponge and filled it with vinegar, and he set it on a reed and  he gave it to him to drink. {27:49} Yet truly, the others said, “Wait. Let us see whether Elijah will come to free  him.”  {27:50} Then Jesus, crying out again with a loud voice, gave  up his life. {27:51} And behold, the veil of the temple was  torn into two parts, from top to bottom. And the earth was shaken, and  the rocks were split apart. {27:52} And the tombs were opened. And many bodies of the saints, which had been sleeping, arose. {27:53} And going out from the  tombs, after his resurrection, they went into the holy city, and  they appeared to many. {27:54} Now the centurion and those  who  were with him,  guarding Jesus, having seen the  earthquake and the things that were done, were very fearful,  saying: “Truly, this was the Son of God.” {27:55} And in that place, there were many women, at a distance, who had  followed Jesus from  Galilee, ministering to him.  {27:56} Among these were Mary Magdalene and Mary the  mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of  Zebedee. {27:57} Then, when evening had arrived, a certain  wealthy man from Arimathea, named Joseph, arrived, who  himself was  also a  disciple of Jesus. {27:58} This  man approached Pilate and asked for the body  of Jesus.  Then Pilate ordered the body to be released. {27:59} And Joseph,  taking  the  body, wrapped it  in a  clean finely-woven linen  cloth, {27:60} and he placed it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out of a rock. And he rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb, and he went away. {27:61} Now Mary  Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the sepulcher. {27:62} Then the next day, which is after the Preparation day, the leaders of the priests and the Pharisees  went to Pilate together,  {27:63} saying:  “Lord, we have remembered that that this seducer said, while he was still  alive, ‘After three days, I will rise again.’ {27:64} Therefore,  order the sepulcher to be guarded until the third  day, lest perhaps his disciples may come and steal him, and say to the people, ‘He  has risen from the dead.’ And this last error would be worse than the first.” {27:65} Pilate said to them:  “You have a guard. Go, guard it as you know how.”  {27:66} Then, going  out, they secured the sepulcher with guards, sealing the stone. 
[Matthew 28] {28:1} Now on the morning of the Sabbath,  when it began to grow light  on the first Sabbath,  Mary  Magdalene and the  other Mary  went to see the sepulcher.  {28:2} And behold, a  great earthquake occurred. For an  Angel  of the Lord descended from heaven, and as he approached,  he rolled back the stone and sat  down on it.  {28:3} Now  his appearance was like lightning, and his vestment was like snow. {28:4} Then, out of fear of him, the guards were terrified,  and they became like  dead men. {28:5} Then the Angel responded by saying to the women:  “Do not be afraid. For I know that you are seeking Jesus, who was crucified. {28:6} He is not here. For he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where the Lord was  placed. {28:7} And then, go quickly, and tell his disciples that  he has risen. And behold, he  will  precede you to  Galilee. There you shall see him. Lo, I have told you beforehand.”  {28:8} And they went out of the tomb quickly, with fear and  in great joy, running to announce it to his disciples.  {28:9} And behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Hail.” But they  drew near and took hold of his feet, and they adored him. {28:10} Then Jesus said to them:  “Do not be  afraid. Go,  announce it to my brothers, so that they may go to Galilee. There they shall see me.” {28:11} And when they had departed, behold, some of the guards went into the city, and  they reported to the leaders of the priests all that had  happened.  {28:12} And gathering together with the elders, having taken counsel, they gave an abundant sum of money to the soldiers, {28:13} saying: “Say that his disciples arrived at night and stole him away, while we were sleeping. {28:14} And  if the procurator hears about this, we will persuade him, and  we will protect  you.” {28:15} Then,  having accepted the money, they did as they were instructed. And this word has been spread among the Jews, even to this  day. {28:16} Now the eleven disciples went on to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had appointed them. {28:17} And, seeing him, they worshipped him, but certain ones doubted.  {28:18} And Jesus, drawing near, spoke to them, saying: “All  authority has been given  to me  in heaven and on earth.  {28:19} Therefore, go forth and teach all nations, baptizing  them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the  Holy Spirit, {28:20} teaching them to observe all that I have ever commanded you. And behold, I am with you always,  even to the consummation of the age.”

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