Jesus summoned the twelve and sent them out with the following instruction:
24‘A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; 25it is
enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master.
If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they
malign those of his household!
26So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be
uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. 27What I say to you
in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the
housetops. 28Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul;
rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29Are not two
sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground
unperceived by your Father. 30And even the hairs of your head are all counted.
31So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.
32Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will
acknowledge before my Father in heaven; 33but whoever denies me before others,
I also will deny before my Father in heaven.
34Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come
to bring peace, but a sword.
35For 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;
36and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household.
37Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and
whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38and whoever
does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39Those who find
their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find