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September 26 The Gospel breski1 Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 9,38-43.45.47-48. John said to Jesus, "Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to …More
September 26 The Gospel breski1

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 9,38-43.45.47-48.
John said to Jesus, "Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us."
Jesus replied, "Do not prevent him. There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name who can at the same time speak ill of me.
For whoever is not against us is for us.
Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ, amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward.
Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe (in me) to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.
If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed than with two hands to go into Gehenna, into the unquenchable fire.
And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life crippled than with two feet to be thrown into Gehenna.
And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. Better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into Gehenna,
where 'their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.'"

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Saint Augustine (354-430)

Bishop of Hippo (North Africa) and Doctor of the Church
3rd. Sermon on Psalm 36

"Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ (…) will surely not lose his reward"
Give of your earthly goods and receive eternal ones; give earth and receive heaven. But give to whom? (…) Hear Scripture telling you how you are to lend to the Lord himself: “He who has compassion on the poor lends to the Lord” (Prv 19:17). God most certainly is in no need of you, but another is in need; what you give to the one is received by another. For the poor has nothing with which to pay you back; he would like to but cannot find anything. The only thing he has is a kindly wish to pray for you. But when a poor man prays for you it is as though he were to say to God: “Lord, I've received a loan; be my security.” From then on, if the poor man you do business with is insolvent, he has a sound guarantee, for God says to you: “Give with assurance; I stand surety. (…) It is I who will pay back, I who receive, I to whom you give.” Do you really believe that God would say to you: “It is I who receive and to me that you give”? Yes indeed, if Christ is God – and of that there is no question. For he said: “I was hungry and you gave me food.” And when asked: “When did we see you hungry?”, wanting to prove that he is indeed surety for the poor he answers on behalf of all his members, (…) declaring, “Whatever you did for the least of my disciples, you have done to me” (Mt 25:34 f.).