ST. PAUL’S LETTER TO THE ROMANS 16:1-16
Brethren, I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deaconess of the church at Cenchreai, that you may receive her in the Lord as befits the saints, and help her in whatever she may require from you, for she has been a helper of many and of myself as well.
Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their necks for my life, to whom not only I but also all the churches of the Gentiles give thanks; greet also the church in their house.
Greet my beloved Epainetos, who was the first convert in Asia for Christ.
Greet Mary, who has worked hard among you.
Greet Andronicos and Junias, my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners; they are men of note among the apostles, and they were in Christ before me.
Greet Ampliatos, my beloved in the Lord.
Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and my beloved Stachys.
Greet Apelles, who is approved in Christ.
Greet those who belong to the family of Aristobulos.
Greet my kinsman Herodion.
Greet those in the Lord who belong to the family of Narcissos.
Greet those workers in the Lord, Tryphaina and Tryphosa.
Greet the beloved Persis, who has worked hard in the Lord.
Greet Rufus, eminent in the Lord, also his mother and mine.
Greet Asyncritos, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, and the brethren who are with them.
Greet Philologos, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them.
Greet one another with a holy kiss.
All the churches of Christ greet you.
MATTHEW 12:46-50; 13:1-3
At that time, while Jesus was speaking to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him.
But he replied to the man who told him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers!
For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother.
That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea.
And great crowds gathered about him, so that he entered a boat and sat there; and the whole crowd stood on the beach.
And he told them many things in parables.