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Gospel Reflection

If we are arrested and taken away,
we should not worry beforehand what to say;
when the time comes, say what is given;
we shall not be the speakers, but the Holy Spirit.

Jesus asked in the garden that the cup might pass from him;
Jesus drank the cup and walked the way of the cross.

Gospel Reading - Whom to Fear

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24A student is not greater than his teacher. A servant is not above his master. 25The student shares his teacher’s fate. The servant shares his master’s! And since I, the master of the household, have been called ‘Satan,’a how much more will you! 26But don’t be afraid of those who threaten you. For the time is coming when the truth will be revealed: their secret plots will become public information.

27“What I tell you now in the gloom, shout abroad when daybreak comes. What I whisper in your ears, proclaim from the housetops!

28“Don’t be afraid of those who can kill only your bodies — but can’t touch your souls! Fear only God who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29Not one sparrow (What do they cost? Two for a penny?) can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. 30And the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31So don’t worry! You are more valuable to him than many sparrows.

32“If anyone publicly acknowledges me as his friend, I will openly acknowledge him as my friend before my Father in heaven. 33But if anyone publicly denies me, I will openly deny him before my Father in heaven.

. . . . .Matthew 10:24-33

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
     hallowed be your name,
     your kingdom come,
     your will be done,
          on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
     as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
     and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
     now and for ever.
Amen.