Sunday, October 12, 2008

Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost

From the Introit:
If Thou shalt observe iniquities, O Lord, Lord, who shall endure it? for with Thee is propitiation, O God of Israel.

Epistle from the letter of Blessed Paul the Apostle to the Philippians (1:6-11):
Brethren, We are confident of this very thing, that he who hath begun a good work in you, will perfect it unto the day of Christ Jesus. As it is meet for me to think this for you all: for that I have you in my heart and that in my bands, and in the defense and confirmation of the Gospel, you are all partakers of my joy, For God is my witness, how I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ. And this I pray, that your charity may more and more abound in knowledge and in all understanding that you may approve the better things, that you may be sincere and without offense unto the day of Christ. Filled with the fruits of justice, through Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

Gospel according to St. Matthew (22:15-21):
At that time, the Pharisees went and consulted among them-selves, how to ensnare Jesus in His speech. And they sent to Him their disciples, with the Herodians, Saying: "Master, we know that Thou art a true speaker, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest Thou for any man, for Thou dost not regard the person of men.Tell us therefore, what dost Thou think? Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?" But Jesus knowing their wickedness, said: "Why do you tempt Me, you hypocrites? Show Me the coin of the tribute." And they offered Him a penny. And Jesus saith to them: "Whose image and superscription is this? They say to Him: "Caesar's." Then He saith to them: "Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."

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