Saturday, August 29, 2020
Holy Apostles Simon, Thomas, and James the Minor
I Corinthians 12:28-13:3
 For what man can learn the counsel of God?
Or who can discern what the Lord wills?
 For the reasoning of mortals is worthless,
and our designs are likely to fail,
 for a perishable body weighs down the soul,
and this earthy tent burdens the thoughtful mind.
 We can hardly guess at what is on earth,
and what is at hand we find with labor;
but who has traced out what is in the heavens?
 Who has learned thy counsel, unless thou hast given wisdom
and sent thy holy Spirit from on high?
 And thus the paths of those on earth were set right,
and men were taught what pleases thee,
and were saved by wisdom.”
 Wisdom protected the first-formed father of the
world, when he alone had been created;
she delivered him from his transgression,
 and gave him strength to rule all things.
 But when an unrighteous man departed from her in his anger,
he perished because in rage he slew his brother.
 Who is a God like thee, pardoning iniquity
and passing over transgression
for the remnant of his inheritance?
He does not retain his anger for ever
because he delights in steadfast love.
 He will again have compassion upon us,
he will tread our iniquities under foot.
Thou wilt cast all our sins
into the depths of the sea.
 Thou wilt show faithfulness to Jacob
and steadfast love to Abraham,
as thou hast sworn to our fathers
from the days of old.
I Corinthians 12:28-13:3
 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, then healers, helpers, administrators, speakers in various kinds of tongues.
 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles?
 Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?
 But earnestly desire the higher gifts.
And I will show you a still more excellent way.
 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
 Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came.
 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in his side, I will not believe.”
 Eight days later, his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said, “Peace be with you.”
 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing.”
 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”
 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.”
 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book;
 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.
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