Matthew 10: 37 — 42
Ordinary 13 Year A
New American Bible
37 “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me,
38 and whoever does not take up his cross 15 and follow after me is not
39 16 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my
40 “Whoever receives you receives me, 17 and whoever receives me
41 18 Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a
42 And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones
16  One who denies Jesus in order to save one’s earthly life will be condemned to everlasting destruction; loss of earthly life for Jesus’ sake will be rewarded by everlasting life in the kingdom.
17 [40-42] All who receive the disciples of Jesus receive him, and God who sent him, and will be rewarded accordingly.
18  A prophet: one who speaks in the name of God; here, the Christian prophets who proclaim the gospel. Righteous man: since righteousness is demanded of all the disciples, it is difficult to take the righteous man of this verse and one of these little ones (⇒ Matthew 10:42) as indicating different groups within the followers of Jesus. Probably all three designations are used here of Christian missionaries as such.
Scripture texts in this work are taken from the New American Bible, revised