August 17, 2017


Joshua 3: 7- 11, 13- 17

3:7 And the Lord said to Joshua: “Today I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, so that they may know that, just as I was with Moses, so also am I with you.

3:8 Now instruct the priests, who are carrying the ark of the covenant, and say to them, ‘When you will have entered into a part of the water of the Jordan, stand still in it.’ ”

3:9 And Joshua said to the sons of Israel, “Approach to here, and listen to the word of the Lord your God.”

3:10 And again, he said: “By this shall you know that the Lord, the living God, is in your midst, and that he shall scatter in your sight, the Canaanite and the Hittite, the Hivite and the Perizzite, likewise the Girgashite, and the Jebusite, and the Amorite.

3:11 Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth shall go before you through the Jordan.

3:13 And when the priests who are carrying the ark of the Lord, the God of the entire earth, will have placed the steps of their feet in the waters of the Jordan, the waters that are lower will run down and pass away, and those that are approaching above will stand together in a mass.”

3:14 And the people departed from their tents, so that they might cross the Jordan. And the priests who were carrying the ark of the covenant were advancing before them.

3:15 And as soon as they entered into the Jordan, and their feet were dipped in a portion of the water, (now the Jordan, since it was the time of the harvest, had filled the banks of its channel,)

3:16 the descending waters stood still in one place, and, swelling up like a mountain, they were seen from far away, from the city that is called Adam, even as far as the place of Zarethan. But those that were lower ran down into the Sea of the Wilderness, (which is now called the Dead Sea,) until they entirely passed away.

3:17 Then the people advanced opposite Jericho. And the priests who were carrying the ark of the covenant of the Lord were standing, fully-dressed, upon dry soil in the midst of the Jordan, and all the people passed over, through the channel that was dried up.


Matthew 18: 21- 35

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.”