September 30, 2015


Nehemiah 2: 1- 8

2:1 Now it happened that, in the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of king Artaxerxes, wine was before him; and I lifted up the wine, and I gave it to the king. And I was like someone languishing before his face.
2:2 And the king said to me: “Why is your expression sad, though you do not appear to be sick? This is not without cause, but some evil, I know not what, is in your heart.” And I was struck with an exceedingly great fear.
2:3 And I said to the king: “O king, live forever. Why should my expression not be mournful, since the city of the house of the sepulchers of my father is desolate, and its gates have been burned with fire?”
2:4 And the king said to me: “What would you request?” And I prayed to the God of heaven.
2:5 And I said to the king: “If it seems good to the king, and if your servant is pleasing before your face: that you would send me into Judea, to the city of the sepulcher of my father. And I will rebuild it.”
2:6 And the king said to me, with the queen who was sitting beside him: “Until what time will your journey be, and when will you return?” And it was pleasing before the countenance of the king, and so he sent me. And I established a time for him.
2:7 And I said to the king: “If it seems good to the king, may he give me letters to the governors of the region beyond the river, so that they may lead me through, until I arrive in Judea,
2:8 and a letter to Asaph, the keeper of the king’s forest, so that he may give me timber, in order that I may be able to cover the gates of the tower of the house, and the walls of the city, and the house that I will enter.” And the king granted to me in accord with the good hand of my God, who is with me.


Luke 9: 57- 62

9:57 And it happened that, as they were walking along the way, someone said to him, “I will follow you, wherever you will go.”
9:58 Jesus said to him: “Foxes have dens, and the birds of the air have nests. But the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head.”
9:59 Then he said to another, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.”
9:60 And Jesus said to him: “Let the dead bury their dead. But you go and announce the kingdom of God.”
9:61 And another said: “I will follow you, Lord. But permit me first to explain this to those of my house.”
9:62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow, and then looks back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”