Letter to the Romans
Therefore, sin must not reign over your mortal bodies so that you obey their
And do not present the parts of your bodies to
sin as weapons for wickedness, but present yourselves to God as raised from the dead to life and the
parts of your bodies to God as weapons for righteousness.
For sin is not to have any power over you, since you are not under the law but under
What then? Shall we sin because we are not under
the law but under grace? Of course not!
Do you not know
that if you present yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey,
either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?
But thanks be to God that, although you were once slaves of sin, you
have become obedient from the heart to the pattern of teaching to which you were
Freed from sin, you have become slaves of
A song of ascents. Of David. I Had not
the LORD been with us, let Israel say,
Had not the LORD
been with us, when people rose against us,
have swallowed us alive, for their fury blazed against us.
The waters would have engulfed us, the torrent overwhelmed us;
seething waters would have
Blessed be the LORD, who did not leave us
to be torn by their fangs.
We escaped with our lives
like a bird from the fowler's snare; the snare was broken and we escaped.
Our help is the name of the LORD, the maker of heaven and
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to
Saint Luke 12:39-48.
Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour when the
thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into.
You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will
Then Peter said, "Lord, is this parable meant
for us or for everyone?"
And the Lord replied, "Who,
then, is the faithful and prudent steward whom the master will put in charge of his servants to
distribute (the) food allowance at the proper time?
Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds doing so.
Truly, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his
But if that servant says to himself, 'My
master is delayed in coming,' and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, to eat and
drink and get drunk,
then that servant's master will come on
an unexpected day and at an unknown hour and will punish him severely and assign him a place with
That servant who knew his master's will
but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will shall be beaten
and the servant who was ignorant of his
master's will but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating shall be beaten only lightly. Much
will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person
entrusted with more.