Second Corinthians 4: 7-15
4:7 But we hold this treasure in earthen vessels, so that what is sublime may be of the power of God, and not of us.
4:8 In all things, we endure tribulation, yet we are not in anguish. We are constrained, yet we are not destitute.
4:9 We suffer persecution, yet we have not been abandoned. We are thrown down, yet we do not perish.
4:10 We ever carry around the mortification of Jesus in our bodies, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.
4:11 For we who live are ever handed over unto death for the sake of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our mortal flesh.
4:12 Therefore, death is at work in us, and life is at work in you.
4:13 But we have the same Spirit of faith. And just as it is written, “I believed, and for that reason I spoke,” so we also believe, and for that reason, we also speak.
4:14 For we know that the One who raised up Jesus will raise us up also with Jesus and will place us with you.
4:15 Thus, all is for you, so that grace, abounding through many in thanksgiving, may abound to the glory of God.
The Holy Gospel According to Matthew 20: 20-28
|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.”|