Friday, August 13, 2021
Fifth Day of the Fast of Assumption
I Corinthians 15:50-57
I Corinthians 15:50-57
 I tell you this, brethren: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
 Lo! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.
 For this perishable nature must put on the imperishable, and this mortal nature must put on immortality.
 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
 “O death, where is thy victory?
O death, where is thy sting?”
 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
 And his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside they sent to him and called him.
 And a crowd was sitting about him; and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, asking for you.”
 And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?”
 And looking around on those who sat about him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers!
 Whoever does the will of God is my brother, and sister, and mother.”
 Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea; and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land.
 And he taught them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them:
 “Listen! A sower went out to sow.
 And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it.
 Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it had not much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil;
 and when the sun rose it was scorched, and since it had no root it withered away.
 Other seed fell among thorns and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain.
 And other seeds fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.”
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