Friday, April 22, 2022
Sixth Day of Zadeeg
 After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tibe’ri-as; and he revealed himself in this way.
 Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathan’a-el of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zeb’edee, and two others of his disciples were together.
 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat; but that night they caught nothing.
 Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.
 Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any fish?” They answered him, “No.”
 He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, for the quantity of fish.
 That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his clothes, for he was stripped for work, and sprang into the sea.
 But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off.
 When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish lying on it, and bread.
 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.”
 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three of them; and although there were so many, the net was not torn.
 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord.
 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish.
 This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.
 Now the company of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things which he possessed was his own, but they had everything in common.
 And with great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.
 There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of what was sold
 and laid it at the apostles’ feet; and distribution was made to each as any had need.
 Thus Joseph who was surnamed by the apostles Barnabas (which means, Son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus,
 sold a field which belonged to him, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
 But a man named Anani’as with his wife Sapphi’ra sold a piece of property,
 and with his wife’s knowledge he kept back some of the proceeds, and brought only a part and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
 But Peter said, “Anani’as, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back part of the proceeds of the land?
 While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? How is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.”
 When Anani’as heard these words, he fell down and died. And great fear came upon all who heard of it.
 The young men rose and wrapped him up and carried him out and buried him.
 After an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not knowing what had happened.
 And Peter said to her, “Tell me whether you sold the land for so much.” And she said, “Yes, for so much.”
 But Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? Hark, the feet of those that have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.”
 Immediately she fell down at his feet and died. When the young men came in they found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband.
 And great fear came upon the whole church, and upon all who heard of these things.
 My brethren, show no partiality as you hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.
 For if a man with gold rings and in fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in,
 and you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “Have a seat here, please,” while you say to the poor man, “Stand there,” or, “Sit at my feet,”
 have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?
 Listen, my beloved brethren. Has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which he has promised to those who love him?
 But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you, is it not they who drag you into court?
 Is it not they who blaspheme that honorable name which was invoked over you?
 If you really fulfil the royal law, according to the scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well.
 But if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.
 For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” said also, “Do not kill.” If you do not commit adultery but do kill, you have become a transgressor of the law.
 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty.
 For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy; yet mercy triumphs over judgment.
 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down his disciples came to him.
 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
 “Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you.
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