Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 10:24-33. Jesus said to his Apostles: “No disciple is above his teacher, no slave above his master. It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, for the slave that he become like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more those of his household! Therefore do not be afraid of them. Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna. Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father's knowledge. Even all the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father. But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father." Commentary of the day : Saint John Chrysostom (c.345-407), priest at Antioch then Bishop of Constantinople, Doctor of the Church 1st sermon before his first exile, 1-3 ; PG 52, 427-430 (trans. breviary, September 13, rev.) “Do not be afraid” The waves are many and the surging sea is dangerous, but we are not afraid we may be drowned for we are standing on the rock. Let the sea rage as it will, it cannot split the rock asunder. Though the waves tower on high, they cannot overwhelm the boat of Jesus. What, pray beloved, are we afraid of? Death? “For me life is Christ, and death gain” (Phil 1:21). But tell me, is it exile ? “The earth is the Lord's, and all it contains” (Ps 23:1). Is it the loss of property? “We brought nothing into the world. It is certain we can take nothing out of it” (1Tm 6:7)… If you find these words difficult to believe, believe the evidence. How many tyrants have tried to wipe out the Church?... But none of these things have triumphed against her. Where, now, are those men, those raging persecutors? Fallen into oblivion. And the Church, where is she? See her with her radiance shining like the sun… “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there in their midst” (Mt 18:20)… I have the word of Christ, his scripture in my hand; I do not lean on human strength; I hold fast to his word. That to me is my staff, that to me is security, that to me is a calm harbor. Even though the world be in turmoil, I hold fast to this word. I read it. It is my rampart, my safeguard. What word is this? “I am with you all days even to the end of time” (Mt 28:20). Christ is with me, whom shall I fear? Though waves rise up against me, the seas, the wrath of rulers: these things are no more to me than a cobweb.