Imagini ale paginilor


“Is it right for a man to put away his wife for every cause ?

“ Have you not read,” he answered, “ that he who created them from the beginning, made them male and female and said : For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother,

And shall cleave to his wife,

And the two shall become one flesh? So they are no more two but one flesh. So what God has joined together, let no man put asunder.”

Why then did Moses command to give her a bill of divorce, and to put her away?"

“Moses for the hardness of your heart allowed you to put away your wives, but from the beginning it has not been so. And I tell you, Whoever shall put away his wife except for fornication, and shall marry another, commits adultery.”

“If the case of the man is so with his wife,” his disciples say to him, “it is not good to marry."

“Not all can receive this saying but those to whom it is given. For there are eunuchs who were so born from their mother's womb. There are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men. And there are eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven's sake.

He who is able to receive it, let him receive it."

19; 13

Then little children were brought to him that he should lay his hands on them and pray, and his disciples rebuked them.

But Jesus said :

“ Let the little children come to me and do not try to stop them, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven."

He laid his hands on them and went away.

Some one came to him and said :

“Master, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life ? "

“Why do you ask me about the good ?” he said to him. “One is the good. But if you wish to go into life, keep the commandments."

Which ? "

[ocr errors]

“ Thou shalt not kill,

Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Thou shalt not steal.
Thou shalt not bear false witness.
Honor thy father and thy mother.


Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”

“ All these have I kept,” the young man said to him. “What do I still lack ?"

“ If you wish to be perfect, go sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in Heaven, and come follow me.”


went away

But when the young man heard this saying he sad. For he was very

rich. “To tell you the truth,” Jesus said to his disciples, “it is hard for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. And again I tell you, It is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye than for a rich man to go into the Kingdom of God."

When the disciples heard it they were exceedingly astonished, and said :

“Who, then, can be saved ? "

“With men this is impossible," said Jesus, as he looked on them, “but with God everything is possible."

“ See! we have left all and followed you," Peter then answered and said to him ; “what, then, shall we have ?"

To tell you the truth,” Jesus said to them, “you who have followed me, in the new birth of the creation, when the Son of man will sit on the throne of his glory, you also will sit on twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one who has left



19 : 29. Or lands, For my name's sake,

Will receive a hundredfold,

And will inherit eternal life.
But many

will be last who are first,
And first who are last.

But the Kingdom of Heaven is like an employer, who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the laborers for a dollar a day he sent them into his vineyard.

He went out about nine o'clock, and saw others standing idle in the public square.

You also go into the vineyard, he said to them, and whatever is right I will give you.

They went.

He went out again about twelve and three o'clock and did the same. And about five o'clock he went out and found others standing, and said to them :

Why are you standing here all the day idle?
Because no one has hired us.
You also go into the yard.

When evening had come the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman :

Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning from the last to the first.

20: 9.

And when they came who were hired about five o'clock each one received a dollar.

When the first came, they supposed they would receive more, and they, too, received, each man a dollar, and when they received it they began to grumble at their employer, and said :

These last have spent but one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.

Friend, he answered and said to one of them, I am not doing you any wrong. Did you not agree with me for a dollar ? Take what is yours and go. But I wish to give to this last just as to you. Is it not right for me to do what I wish with my own? Or are you envious because I am generous ?

In this way the last will be first and the first last.

As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem he took the twelve disciples apart, and on the road he said to them :

“Listen! we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes; and they will condemn him to death, and will deliver him to the heathen to

« ÎnapoiContinuați »