Do not fear those who can kill the body.

A reading from the holy gospel according to Matthew 10:26-31

Jesus said to his disciples: “Don’t be afraid of anyone! Everything that is hidden will be found out, and every secret will be known.” “Whatever I say to you in the dark, you must tell in the light. And you must announce from the housetops whatever I have whispered to you.” “Don’t be afraid of people. They can kill you, but they cannot harm your soul. Instead, you should fear God who can destroy both your body and your soul in hell.

The gospel of the Lord.