February 17, 2017

Genesis 11: 1- 9

11:1 Now the earth was of one language and of the same speech.
11:2 And when they were advancing from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt in it.
11:3 And each one said to his neighbor, “Come, let us make bricks, and bake them with fire.” And they had bricks instead of stones, and pitch instead of mortar.
11:4 And they said: “Come, let us make a city and a tower, so that its height may reach to heaven. And let us make our name famous before we are divided into all the lands.”
11:5 Then the Lord descended to see the city and the tower, which the sons of Adam were building.
11:6 And he said: “Behold, the people are united, and all have one tongue. And since they have begun to do this, they will not desist from their plans, until they have completed their work.
11:7 Therefore, come, let us descend, and in that place confound their tongue, so that they may not listen, each one to the voice of his neighbor.”
11:8 And so the Lord divided them from that place into all the lands, and they ceased to build the city.
11:9 And for this reason, its name was called ‘Babel,’ because in that place the language of the whole earth became confused. And from then on, the Lord scattered them across the face of every region.

Mark 8: 34-

8:34 And calling together the crowd with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone chooses to follow me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

8:35 For whoever will have chosen to save his life, will lose it. But whoever will have lost his life, for my sake and for the Gospel, shall save it.

8:36 For how does it benefit a man, if he gains the whole world, and yet causes harm to his soul?

8:37 Or, what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

8:38 For whoever has been ashamed of me and of my words, among this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of man also will be ashamed of him, when he will arrive in the glory of his Father, with the holy Angels.”

8:39 And he said to them, “Amen I say to you, that there are some among those standing here who shall not taste death until they see the kingdom of God arriving in power.”