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June 18 The Gospel breski1 Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 6,19-23. Jesus said to his disciples: "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay …More
June 18 The Gospel breski1

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 6,19-23.
Jesus said to his disciples: "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal.
But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal.
For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.
The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light;
but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness. And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be."

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Vatican Council II
Message to rulers

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth"


We, the Fathers of the twenty-first Ecumenical Council of the Catholic Church (…) with the full consciousness of our mission toward mankind, address ourselves respectfully and confidently to those who hold in their hands the destiny of all people on this earth, to all those who hold temporal power. We proclaim publicly: We honor your authority and sovereignty, we respect your office, we recognize your just laws, we esteem those who make them and those who apply them. But we have an especially sacrosanct word to speak to you and it is this: Only God is great. God alone is the beginning and the end (Rv 1:17; 2:8). God alone is the Source of your authority and Foundation of your laws. Your task is to be in the world the promoters of order and peace. But never forget this: It is God, the living true God, who is our Father. And it is Christ, His eternal Son, who came to make this known to us and to teach us that we are all brothers. He it is who is the great artisan of order and peace on earth, for He it is who guides human history and who alone can incline hearts to renounce those passions which beget war and misfortune. It is He who blesses the bread of the human race, who sanctifies its work and its suffering, who gives it those joys which you can never give it, and strengthens it in those sufferings which you cannot console. In your earthly and temporal city, God constructs mysteriously his spiritual and eternal city, his Church.