DECEMBER 29TH – FEAST OF SAINT THOMAS BECKET – ALTERNATIVE GOSPEL READING (Matthew 10:28-33)

(Do not be afraid of those who kill the body.) 

Jesus said to his Apostles:

“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body

but cannot kill the soul;

fear him rather who can destroy both body and soul in hell.

Can you not buy two sparrows for a penny?

And yet not one falls to the ground without your Father knowing.

Why, every hair on your head has been counted.

So there is no need to be afraid;

you are worth more than hundreds of sparrows.

So if anyone declares himself for me in the presence of men,

I will declare myself for him in the presence of my Father in heaven.

But the one who disowns me in the presence of men,

I will disown in the presence of my Father in heaven.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

R.)  Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

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