(Anyone who does not take his cross is not worthy of me. Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me.)
Jesus instructed the Twelve as follows: “Anyone who prefers father or mother to me is not worthy of me. Anyone who prefers son or daughter to me is not worthy of me. Anyone who does not take his cross and follow in my footsteps is not worthy of me. Anyone who finds his life will losw it; anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it.
“Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me; and those who welcome me welcome the one who sent me.
“Anyone who welcomes a prophet because he is a prophet will have a prophet’s reward; and anyone who welcomes a holy man because he is a holy man will have a holy man’s reward.
“If anyone gives so much as a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is a disciple, then I tell you solemnly, he will most certainly not lose his reward.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.