Daily Readings

August 23, 2017

Reading

Judges    9: 6-15

9:6 Then all the men of Shechem gathered together, and all the families of the city of Millo, and they went and appointed Abimelech as king, beside the oak that stood at Shechem.

9:7 When this had been reported to Jotham, he went and stood at the top of Mount Gerizim. And lifting up his voice, he cried out and said: “Listen to me, men of Shechem, so that God may listen to you.

9:8 The trees went to anoint a king over themselves. And they said to the olive tree, ‘Reign over us.’

9:9 And it responded, ‘How could I abandon my fatness, which both gods and men make use of, and depart to be promoted among the trees?’

9:10 And the trees said to the fig tree, ‘Come and accept royal power over us.’

9:11 And it responded to them, ‘How could I abandon my sweetness, and my very sweet fruits, and depart to be promoted among the other trees?’

9:12 And the trees said to the vine, ‘Come and reign over us.’

9:13 And it responded to them, ‘How could I abandon my wine, which gives joy to God and men, and be promoted among the other trees?’

9:14 And all the trees said to the bramble, ‘Come and reign over us.’

9:15 And it responded to them: ‘If truly you would appoint me as king, come and rest under my shadow. But if you are not willing, let fire go forth from the bramble, and let it devour the cedars of Lebanon.’ ”

Gospel

Matthew    20: 1-16

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.”

August 22, 2017

Reading

Judges   6: 11-24

6:11 Then an Angel of the Lord arrived, and he sat under an oak tree, which was at Ophrah, and which belonged to Joash, the father of the family of Ezri. And while his son Gideon was threshing and cleaning the grain at the winepress, so that he might flee from Midian,

6:12 the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and he said: “The Lord is with you, most valiant of men.”

6:13 And Gideon said to him: “I beg you, my lord, if the Lord is with us, why have these things happened to us? Where are his miracles, which our fathers described when they said, ‘The Lord led us away from Egypt.’ But now the Lord has forsaken us, and he has delivered us into the hand of Midian.”

6:14 And the Lord looked down upon him, and he said: “Go forth with this, your strength, and you shall free Israel from the hand of Midian. Know that I have sent you.”

6:15 And responding, he said: “I beg you, my lord, with what shall I free Israel? Behold, my family is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in the house of my father.”

6:16 And the Lord said to him: “I will be with you. And so, you shall cut down Midian as if one man.”

6:17 And he said: “If I have found grace before you, give me a sign that it is you who is speaking to me.

6:18 And may you not withdraw from here, until I return to you, carrying a sacrifice and offering it to you.” And he responded, “I will wait for your return.”

6:19 And so Gideon entered, and he boiled a goat, and he made unleavened bread from a measure of flour. And setting the flesh in a basket, and putting the broth of the flesh in a pot, he took it all under the oak tree, and he offered it to him.

6:20 And the Angel of the Lord said to him, “Take the flesh and the unleavened bread, and place them on that rock, and pour out the broth upon it.” And when he had done so,

6:21 the Angel of the Lord extended the end of a staff, which he was holding in his hand, and he touched the flesh and the unleavened loaves. And a fire ascended from the rock, and it consumed the flesh and the unleavened loaves. Then the Angel of the Lord vanished from his sight.

6:22 And Gideon, realizing that it had been the Angel of the Lord, said: “Alas, my Lord God! For I have seen the Angel of the Lord face to face.”

6:23 And the Lord said to him: “Peace be with you. Do not be afraid; you shall not die.”

6:24 Therefore, Gideon built an altar to the Lord there, and he called it, the Peace of the Lord, even to the present day. And while he was still at Ophrah, which is of the family of Ezri,

Gospel

Matthew   19: 23-30

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.”

August 21, 2017

Reading

Judges    2: 11-19

2:11 And the sons of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and they served the Baals.

2:12 And they abandoned the Lord, the God of their fathers, who had led them away from the land of Egypt. And they followed foreign gods and the gods of the peoples who were living around them, and they adored them. And they provoked the Lord to wrath,

2:13 forsaking him, and serving Baal and Ashtaroth.

2:14 And the Lord, having become angry against Israel, delivered them into the hands of plunderers, who seized them and sold them to the enemies that were living on all sides. Neither were they able to withstand their adversaries.

2:15 Instead, wherever they wanted to go, the hand of the Lord was upon them, just as he said and just as he swore to them. And they were greatly afflicted.

2:16 And the Lord raised up judges, who would free them from the hands of their oppressors. But they were not willing to listen to them.

2:17 Fornicating with foreign gods and adoring them, they quickly deserted the way along which their fathers had advanced. And having heard the commandments of the Lord, they did all things to the contrary.

2:18 And while the Lord was raising up the judges, in their days, he was moved to mercy, and he listened to the groaning of the afflicted, and he freed them from the slaughter of their oppressors.

2:19 But after a judge had died, they turned back, and they were doing much worse things than their fathers had done, following strange gods, serving them, and adoring them. They did not abandon their pursuits and their very stubborn way, by which they were accustomed to walk.

Gospel

Matthew    19: 16-22

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.

August 20, 2017

Reading

Isaiah  56: 1 ,6-7

56:1 Thus says the Lord: Preserve judgment, and accomplish justice. For my salvation is close to its arrival, and my justice is close to being revealed.

56:6 And the sons of the new arrival, who adhere to the Lord so as to worship him and to love his name, shall be his servants: all who keep the Sabbath without profaning it, and who hold to my covenant.

56:7 I will lead them to my holy mountain, and I will gladden them in my house of prayer. Their holocausts and their victims will be pleasing to me upon my altar. For my house will be called the house of prayer for all peoples.

Second Reading

Romans  11: 13-15, 29-34

11:13 For I say to you Gentiles: Certainly, as long as I am an Apostle to the Gentiles, I will honor my ministry,

11:14 in such a way that I might provoke to rivalry those who are my own flesh, and so that I may save some of them.

11:15 For if their loss is for the reconciliation of the world, what could their return be for, except life out of death?

11:29 For the gifts and the call of God are without regret. 11:30 And just as you also, in times past, did not believe in God, but now you have obtained mercy because of their unbelief, 11:31 so also have these now not believed, for your mercy, so that they might obtain mercy also.

11:32 For God has enclosed everyone in unbelief, so that he may have mercy on everyone.

11:33 Oh, the depths of the richness of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How incomprehensible are his judgments, and how unsearchable are his ways!

11:34 For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?

Gospel

The Holy Gospel According to Matthew   15: 21-28

31:1 “In that time, says the Lord, I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they will be my people.”
31:2 Thus says the Lord: “The people who had remained after the sword, found grace in the desert. Israel will go to his rest.”
31:3 The Lord appeared to me from a distance: “And I have loved you in perpetual charity. Therefore, showing pity, I have drawn you.
31:4 And I will build you up again. And you shall be built up, O virgin of Israel. Still shall you be adorned with your timbrels, and still shall you go forth to the singing of those who play.
31:5 Still shall you plant vineyards on the mountains of Samaria. The planters will plant, and they will not gather the vintage until the time arrives.
31:6 For there will be a day on which the guardians on mount Ephraim will cry out: ‘Arise! And let us ascend on Zion to the Lord our God!’ ”
31:7 For thus says the Lord: “Exult in the joy of Jacob, and neigh before the head of the Gentiles. Shout, and sing, and say: ‘O Lord, save your people, the remnant of Israel!’

August 19, 2017

Joshua 24: 14- 19

24:14 Now therefore, fear the Lord, and serve him with a perfect and very sincere heart. And take away the gods that your fathers served in Mesopotamia and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.
24:15 But if it seems evil to you that you would serve the Lord, a choice is given to you. Choose today what pleases you, and whom you ought to serve above all else, either the gods that your fathers served in Mesopotamia, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you live: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
24:16 And the people responded, and they said: “Far be it from us that we would forsake the Lord, and serve foreign gods.
24:17 The Lord our God himself led us and our fathers away from the land of Egypt, from the house of servitude. And he accomplished immense signs in our sight, and he preserved us along the entire way by which we journeyed, and among all the people through whom we passed.
24:18 And he cast out all the nations, the Amorite, the inhabitant of the land that we entered. And so, we will serve the Lord, for he is our God.”
24:19 And Joshua said to the people: “You will not be able to serve the Lord. For he is a holy and powerful God, and he is jealous, and he will not ignore your wickedness and sins.

Gospel

Matthew 19: 13- 15

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.

 

August 18, 2017

Reading

Joshua   24: 1-13

24:1 And Joshua gathered together all the tribes of Israel at Shechem, and he called those greater by birth, and the leaders and judges and teachers. And they stood in the sight of the Lord.

24:2 And he spoke to the people in this way: “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: ‘Your fathers lived, in the beginning, across the river: Terah, the father of Abraham, and Nahor. And they served strange gods.

24:3 Then I brought your father Abraham from the parts of Mesopotamia, and I led him into the land of Canaan. And I multiplied his offspring,

24:4 and I gave to him Isaac. And to him, I gave again Jacob and Esau. And I gave mount Seir to Esau as a possession. Yet truly, Jacob and his sons descended into Egypt.

24:5 And I sent Moses and Aaron, and I struck Egypt with many signs and portents.

24:6 And I led you and your fathers away from Egypt, and you arrived at the sea. And the Egyptians pursued your fathers with chariots and horsemen, as far as the Red Sea.

24:7 Then the sons of Israel cried out to the Lord. And he stationed a darkness between you and the Egyptians, and he led the sea over them, and he covered them. Your eyes saw all that I did in Egypt, and you lived in the wilderness for a long time.

24:8 And I led you into the land of the Amorite, who was living beyond the Jordan. And when they fought against you, I delivered them into your hands, and you possessed their land, and you put them to death.

24:9 Then Balak, the son of Zippor, the king of Moab, rose up and fought against Israel. And he sent and called for Balaam, the son of Beor, so that he might curse you.

24:10 And I was not willing to listen to him, but on the contrary, I blessed you through him, and I freed you from his hand.

24:11 And you crossed over the Jordan, and you arrived at Jericho. And the men of that city fought against you: the Amorite, and the Perizzite, and the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Girgashite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite. And I delivered them into your hands.

24:12 And I sent wasps before you. And I drove them from their places, the two kings of the Amorites, but not by your sword, and not by your bow.

24:13 And I gave you a land, in which you did not labor, and cities, which you did not build, so that you might live in them, and vineyards and olive groves, which you did not plant.’

Gospel

Matthew   19: 3-12

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.”

 

August 17, 2017

Reading

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.

Gospel

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.”

August 16, 2017

Reading

Deuteronomy    34: 1-12

34:1 Therefore, Moses ascended from the plains of Moab onto Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, opposite Jericho. And the Lord revealed to him the entire land of Gilead, as far as Dan,
34:2 and all of Naphtali, and the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, and the entire land of Judah, even to the furthest sea,
34:3 and the southern region, and the breadth of the plain of Jericho, the city of palms, as far as Zoar.
34:4 And the Lord said to him: “This is the land, about which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying: I will give it to your offspring. You have seen it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over to it.”
34:5 And Moses, the servant of the Lord, died in that place, in the land of Moab, by order of the Lord.
34:6 And he buried him in the valley of the land of Moab, opposite Peor. And no man knows where his sepulcher is, even to the present day.
34:7 Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died. His eye was not dimmed, nor were his teeth displaced.
34:8 And the sons of Israel wept for him in the plains of Moab for thirty days. And then the days of their wailing, during which they mourned Moses, were completed.
34:9 Truly, Joshua, the son of Nun, was filled with the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands upon him. And the sons of Israel were obedient to him, and they did as the Lord instructed Moses.
34:10 And no other prophet rose up in Israel like Moses, one whom the Lord knew face to face,
34:11 one with all the signs and wonders, which he sent through him, to perform in the land of Egypt, against Pharaoh, and all his servants, and his entire land,
34:12 nor one with such a powerful hand and such great miracles as Moses did in the sight of all Israel.

Gospel

Matthew    18: 15-20

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.”

August 15, 2017

First Reading

Revelation 11: 19-, 12: 1- 6, 10

11:19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven. And the Ark of his Testament was seen in his temple. And there were lightnings and voices and thunders, and an earthquake, and great hail.

12:1 And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon was under her feet, and on her head was a crown of twelve stars.
12:2 And being with child, she cried out while giving birth, and she was suffering in order to give birth.
12:3 And another sign was seen in heaven. And behold, a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven diadems.
12:4 And his tail drew down a third part of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman, who was about to give birth, so that, when she had brought forth, he might devour her son.
12:5 And she brought forth a male child, who was soon to rule all the nations with an iron rod. And her son was taken up to God and to his throne.
12:6 And the woman fled into solitude, where a place was being held ready by God, so that they might pasture her in that place for one thousand two hundred and sixty days.

12:10 And I heard a great voice in heaven, saying: “Now have arrived salvation and virtue and the kingdom of our God and the power of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers has been cast down, he who accused them before our God day and night.

Second Reading

First Corinthians 15: 20- 27

15:20 But now Christ has risen again from the dead, as the first-fruits of those who sleep.
15:21 For certainly, death came through a man. And so, the resurrection of the dead came through a man
15:22 And just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be brought to life,
15:23 but each one in his proper order: Christ, as the first-fruits, and next, those who are of Christ, who have believed in his advent.
15:24 Afterwards is the end, when he will have handed over the kingdom to God the Father, when he will have emptied all principality, and authority, and power.
15:25 For it is necessary for him to reign, until he has set all his enemies under his feet.
15:26 Lastly, the enemy called death shall be destroyed. For he has subjected all things under his feet. And although he says,
15:27 “All things have been subjected to him,” without doubt he does not include the One who has subjected all things to him.

Gospel

Luke 1: 39- 56

1:39 And in those days, Mary, rising up, traveled quickly into the hill country, to a city of Judah.
1:40 And she entered into the house of Zechariah, and she greeted Elizabeth.
1:41 And it happened that, as Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
1:42 And she cried out with a loud voice and said: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
1:43 And how does this concern me, so that the mother of my Lord would come to me?
1:44 For behold, as the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
1:45 And blessed are you who believed, for the things that were spoken to you by the Lord shall be accomplished.”
1:46 And Mary said: “My soul magnifies the Lord.
1:47 And my spirit leaps for joy in God my Saviour.
1:48 For he has looked with favor on the humility of his handmaid. For behold, from this time, all generations shall call me blessed.
1:49 For he who is great has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
1:50 And his mercy is from generation to generations for those who fear him.
1:51 He has accomplished powerful deeds with his arm. He has scattered the arrogant in the intentions of their heart.
1:52 He has deposed the powerful from their seat, and he has exalted the humble.
1:53 He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.
1:54 He has taken up his servant Israel, mindful of his mercy,
1:55 just as he spoke to our fathers: to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”
1:56 Then Mary stayed with her for about three months. And she returned to her own house.

August 14, 2017

Deuteronomy 10: 12- 22

10:12 And now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? Only that you fear the Lord your God, and walk in his ways, and love him, and serve the Lord your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul,
10:13 and that you keep the commandments of the Lord, and his ceremonies, which I am instructing to you this day, so that it may be well with you.
10:14 Lo, heaven belongs to the Lord your God, and the heaven of heaven, and the earth, and all the things that are within these.
10:15 Now the Lord was closely joined to your fathers, and he loved them, and he chose their offspring after them, that is, you yourselves, out of all the nations, just as is being proven today.
10:16 Therefore, circumcise the foreskin of your heart, and no longer stiffen your neck.
10:17 For the Lord your God himself is the God of gods, and the Lord of lords, a God great and powerful and terrible, who favors no person and accepts no bribe.
10:18 He accomplishes judgment for the orphan and the widow. He loves the sojourner, and he gives him food as well as clothing.
10:19 Therefore, you also should love sojourners, for you also were new arrivals in the land of Egypt.
10:20 You shall fear the Lord your God, and him alone shall you serve. You shall cling to him, and you shall swear by his name.
10:21 He is your praise and your God. He has done for you these great and terrible things, which your eyes have seen.
10:22 As seventy souls, your fathers descended into Egypt. And now, behold, the Lord your God has multiplied you to be like the stars of heaven.”

Matthew 17: 21- 26

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.”