(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.