Wisdom 9: 13-18

No human being can know God’s mind; it is hard enough to work out what is on earth.  God’s wisdom has taught human beings those things that it pleases God for us to know.

Philemon 9-10. 12-17

St Paul writes a plea to Philemon.  The letter accompanies a freed slave, Onesimus.  Paul doesn’t just ask for mercy for Onesimus; he requests that Philemon welcomes him as a brother in Christ.

Luke 14: 25-33

Jesus addresses the crowds and tells them that in order to follow him they must reject their families and take up their cross.  He asks which of them wouldn’t plan properly before going into battle or building a tower.