Book of Proverbs
When one finds a worthy wife, her value is far beyond
Her husband, entrusting his heart to her, has
an unfailing prize.
She brings him good, and not evil,
all the days of her life.
She obtains wool and flax and
makes cloth with skillful hands.
She puts her hands to
the distaff, and her fingers ply the spindle.
reaches out her hands to the poor, and extends her arms to the needy.
Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting; the woman who fears the LORD is
to be praised.
Give her a reward of her labors, and let
her works praise her at the city gates.
A song of ascents. Happy are all who fear the LORD, who walk in the
ways of God.
What your hands provide you will enjoy;
you will be happy and prosper:
Like a fruitful vine
your wife within your home, Like olive plants your children around your table.
Just so will they be blessed who fear the LORD.
May the LORD bless you from
Zion, all the days of your life That you may share Jerusalem's joy
First Letter to
the Thessalonians 5:1-6.
Concerning times and seasons, brothers, you have no need for anything
to be written to you.
For you yourselves know very well
that the day of the Lord will come like a thief at night.
When people are saying, "Peace and security," then sudden disaster comes upon them, like
labor pains upon a pregnant woman,and they will not escape.
But you, brothers, are not in darkness, for that day to overtake you like a
For all of you are children of the light and
children of the day. We are not of the night or of darkness.
Therefore, let us not sleep as the rest do, but let us stay alert and
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 25:14-30.
It will be as when a
man who was going on a journey called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to
To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a
third, one--to each according to his ability. Then he went away. Immediately
the one who received five talents went and traded with them, and made
Likewise, the one who received two made
But the man who received one went off and
dug a hole in the ground and buried his master's money.
a long time the master of those servants came back and settled accounts with them.
The one who had received five talents came forward bringing the
additional five. He said, 'Master, you gave me five talents. See, I have made five more.'
His master said to him, 'Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since
you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your
(Then) the one who had received two
talents also came forward and said, 'Master, you gave me two talents. See, I have made two
His master said to him, 'Well done, my good and
faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities.
Come, share your master's joy.'
Then the one who had
received the one talent came forward and said, 'Master, I knew you were a demanding person,
harvesting where you did not plant and gathering where you did not scatter;
so out of fear I went off and buried your talent in the ground. Here it
His master said to him in reply, 'You wicked,
lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I did not plant and gather where I did not
Should you not then have put my money in the bank so
that I could have got it back with interest on my return?
Now then! Take the talent from him and give it to the one with ten.
For to everyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; but
from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
And throw this useless servant into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and
grinding of teeth.'