June 21 (Daily Scripture)

Fast Day,
Tone of the Day: ԲՁ

Romans 4:13-22
Matthew 10:34-42

Romans 4:13-22
[13] The promise to Abraham and his descendants, that they should inherit the world, did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith.
[14] If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void.
[15] For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression.
[16] That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants — not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham, for he is the father of us all,
[17] as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations” — in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.
[18] In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations; as he had been told, “So shall your descendants be.”
[19] He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead because he was about a hundred years old, or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb.
[20] No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God,
[21] fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.
[22] That is why his faith was “reckoned to him as righteousness.”

Matthew 10:34-42
[34] “Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.
[35] For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
[36] and a man’s foes will be those of his own household.
[37] He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;
[38] and he who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
[39] He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for my sake will find it.
[40] “He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives him who sent me.
[41] He who receives a prophet because he is a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward, and he who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.
[42] And whoever gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.”

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