ST. PAUL’S SECOND LETTER TO THE CORINTHIANS 1:1-7
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God and Timothy our brother. To the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints who are in the whole of Achaia: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
For as the sufferings of Christ abound for us, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.
If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer.
Our hope for you is unshaken; for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you all also share in our comfort.
The Lord said to the Jews who had come to him: “I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation producing the fruits of it.
And he who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; but when it falls on any one, it will crush him.
When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he was speaking about them.
But when they tried to arrest him, they feared the multitudes, because they held him to be a prophet.