Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Third Day of the Fast of Heesnag
 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church,
 of which I became a minister according to the divine office which was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known,
 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now made manifest to his saints.
 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
 Him we proclaim, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man mature in Christ.
 For this I toil, striving with all the energy which he mightily inspires within me.
 For I want you to know how greatly I strive for you, and for those at La-odice’a, and for all who have not seen my face,
 that their hearts may be encouraged as they are knit together in love, to have all the riches of assured understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, of Christ,
 in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
 I say this in order that no one may delude you with beguiling speech.
 For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.
 As therefore you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so live in him,
 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
 “No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a bushel, but on a stand, that those who enter may see the light.
 Your eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is sound, your whole body is full of light; but when it is not sound, your body is full of darkness.
 Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness.
 If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright, as when a lamp with its rays gives you light.”
 While he was speaking, a Pharisee asked him to dine with him; so he went in and sat at table.
 The Pharisee was astonished to see that he did not first wash before dinner.
 And the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside you are full of extortion and wickedness.
 You fools! Did not he who made the outside make the inside also?
 But give for alms those things which are within; and behold, everything is clean for you.
 “But woe to you Pharisees! for you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and neglect justice and the love of God; these you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.
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