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First Reading for the Friday of the 3rd Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1

Hebrews 10:32-39

Summary: Remember your early trials and how you stood strong, even joyfully accepting loss for a greater, lasting possession. Maintain your faith and perseverance to receive God's promise.

Faith and Perseverance

Remember the days past when, after you had been enlightened, you endured a great contest of suffering. At times you were publicly exposed to abuse and affliction; at other times you associated yourselves with those so treated. You even joined in the sufferings of those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, knowing that you had a better and lasting possession. Therefore, do not throw away your confidence; it will have great recompense. You need endurance to do the will of God and receive what he has promised.

For, after just a brief moment, he who is to come shall come; he shall not delay. But my just one shall live by faith, and if he draws back I take no pleasure in him.

We are not among those who draw back and perish, but among those who have faith and will possess life.

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