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St. Paul’s Letter to the Colossians 2:20-23; 3:1-3
BRETHREN, if with Christ you died
to the elemental spirits of the universe,
why do you live as if you still belonged to the world?
Why do you submit to regulations,
“Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch”
(referring to things which all perish as they are used),
according to human precepts and doctrines?
These have indeed an appearance of wisdom
in promoting rigor of devotion and self-abasement
and severity to the body,
but they are of no value in checking the indulgence
of the flesh.
If then you have been raised with Christ,
seek the things that are above,
where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
Set your minds on things that are above,
not on things that are on earth.
For you have died,
and your life is hid with Christ in God.
At that time, great multitudes accompanied Jesus;
and he turned and said to them,
“If any one comes to me
and does not hate his own father and mother
and wife and children and brothers and sisters,
yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.
Whoever does not bear his own cross
and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
For which of you, desiring to build a tower,
does not first sit down and count the cost,
whether he has enough to complete it?
Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation,
and is not able to finish,
all who see it begin to mock him, saying,
‘This man began to build, and was not able to finish.’
Or what king, going to encounter another king in war,
will not sit down first and take counsel
whether he is able with ten thousand
to meet him who comes against him
with twenty thousand?
And if not, while the other is yet a great way off,
he sends an embassy and asks terms of peace.
So therefore, whoever of you does not renounce
all that he has cannot be my disciple.
Salt is good; but if salt has lost its taste,
how shall its saltness be restored?
It is fit neither for the land nor for the dunghill;
men throw it away.
He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
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