Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Epistle

1 pet 3:8-15a

Finally. all of you. be of one mind. sympathetic. loving toward one another. compassionate. humble. Do not return evil for evil. or insult for insult. but. on the contrary. a blessing. because to this you were called. that you might inherit a blessing. For. "Whoever would love life and see good days must keep the tongue from evil and the lips from speaking deceit. must turn from evil and do good. seek peace and follow after it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears turned to their prayer. but the face of the Lord is against evildoers." Now who is going to harm you if you are enthusiastic for what is good? But even if you should suffer because of righteousness. blessed are you. Do not be afraid or terrified with fear of them. but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope.

Gospel

Mt 5:20-24

I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the kingdom of heaven. "You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, 'You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.' with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, 'Raqa,' will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, 'You fool,' will be liable to fiery Gehenna. Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.