:B:1 Meanwhile, such a numer ous crowd had gathered that they crushed one another. Then Jesus spoke to his disciples in this way,
1 Beware of the yeast of the Pha risees which is hypocrisy. 2 Nothing is covered that will not be uncovered, or hidden that will not be made known. 3 Whatever you have said in the darkness will be heard in daylight, and what you have whispered in hidden places, will be proclaimed from the housetops.
4 I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who put to death the body and af ter that can do no more. 5 But I will tell you whom to fear: Fear the One who after killing you is able to throw you into hell. This one you must fear. 6 Dont you get five sparrows for two pennies? Yet not one of them has been forgotten by God. 7 Even the hairs of your head have been numbered. So do not fear: are you not worth more than a flock of sparrows?
8 I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before people, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God. 9 But the one who denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God.
10 There will be pardon for the one who criticizes the Son of Man, but there will be no pardon for the one who slanders the Holy Spirit.
11 When you are brought before the synagogues, governors and ru lers, dont worry about how you will defend yourself or what to say. 12 For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you have to say.
The rich fool
:B:13 Someone in the crowd spoke to Je sus, Master, tell my brother to share with me the family inheritance. 14 He replied, My friend, who has appointed me as your judge or your attorney? 15 Then Jesus said to the people, Be on your guard and avoid every kind of greed, for even though you have many possessions, it is not that which gives you life.
16 And Jesus continued with this story, There was a rich man and his land had produced a good harvest. 17 He thought: What shall I do? For I am short of room to store my harvest. 18 So this is what he planned: I will pull down my barns and build bigger ones to store all this grain, which is my wealth. 19 Then I may say to myself: My friend, you have a lot of good things put by for many years. Rest, eat, drink and enjoy yourself. 20 But God said to him: You fool! This very night your life will be taken from you
Do not worry!
22 Then Jesus said to his disciples, I tell you not to worry about your life: What are we to eat? Or about your body: What are we to wear? 23 For life is more than food and the body more than clothing. 24 Look at the crows: they neither sow nor reap
27 Look at the wild flowers: they do not spin or weave
29 Do not set your heart on what you are to eat and drink
:B:32 Do not be afraid, little flock, for it has pleased your Father to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell what you have and give alms. Get yourselves purses that do not wear out, and make safe investments with God, where no thief comes and no moth destroys. 34 For where your investments are, there will your heart be also.
:B:35 Be ready, dressed for service, and keep your lamps lit, 36 like people waiting for their master to return from the wed ding. As soon as he comes and knocks, they will open to him. 37 Happy are those servants whom the master finds wide-awake when he comes. 38 Truly, I tell you, he will put on an apron and have them sit at table and he will wait on them. Happy are those servants if he finds them awake when he comes at midnight or daybreak!
39 Pay attention to this: If the master of the house had known at what time the thief would come, he would not have let his house be broken into. 40 You also must be ready, for the Son of Man will come at an hour you do not expect.
41 Peter said, Lord, did you tell this parable only for us, or for everyone? 42 And the Lord replied, Ima gine, then, the wise and faithful steward whom the master sets over his other servants to give them food rations at the proper time. 43 Fortu nate is this servant if his master on coming home finds him doing his work. 44 Truly, I say to you, the master will put him in charge of all his property.
45 But it may be that the steward thinks: My Lord delays in coming, and he begins to abuse the menservants and the servant girls, eating and drinking and getting drunk. 46 Then the master will come on a day he does not expect him and at an hour he doesnt know. He will cut him off and send him to the same fate as the unfaithful.
47 The servant who knew his mas ters will, but did not prepare to do what his master wanted, will be punished with sound blows
:B:49 I have come to bring fire upon the earth and how I wish it were already kindled
51 Do you think that I have come to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. 52 From now on, in one house five will be divided
:B:54 Jesus said to the crowds, When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once: A shower is coming. And so it happens. 55 And when the wind blows from the south, you say: It will be hot