ST. PAUL’S LETTER TO THE ROMANS 7:1-14
Brethren, I am speaking to those who know the law.
Do you not know that the law is binding on a person only during his life?
Thus a married woman is bound by law to her husband as long as he lives; but if her husband dies she is discharged from the law concerning the husband.
Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive.
But if her husband dies she is free from that law, and if she marries another man she is not an adulteress.
Likewise, my brethren, you have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead in order that we may bear fruit for God.
While we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death.
But now we are discharged from the law, dead to that which held us captive, so that we serve not under the old written code but in the new life of the Spirit.
What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means!
Yet, if it had not been for the law, I should not have known sin.
I should not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”
But sin, finding opportunity in the commandment, wrought in me all kinds of covetousness.
Apart from the law sin lies dead.
I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died; the very commandment which promised life proved to be death to me.
For sin, finding opportunity in the commandment, deceived me and by it killed me.
So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and just and good.
Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means!
It was sin, working death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure.
MATTHEW 9:36-38; 10:1-8
At that time, when Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.
And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every infirmity.
The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaios, and Lebbaeos called Thaddaios; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
These twelve Jesus sent out, charging them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
And preach as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons.
You received without paying, give without pay.