Tuesday, August 3, 2021
The Roman martyrs, Sts. Eugenia the virgin,
her father and mother, Sts. Phillip and Claudia,
and her brothers, Sts. Sergius and Apita,
Sts. Two (unnamed) Eunuchs
 Wisdom cries aloud in the street;
in the markets she raises her voice;
 on the top of the walls she cries out;
at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:
 “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple?
How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing
and fools hate knowledge?
 Give heed to my reproof;
behold, I will pour out my thoughts to you;
I will make my words known to you.
 Because I have called and you refused to listen,
have stretched out my hand and no one has heeded,
 and you have ignored all my counsel
and would have none of my reproof,
 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
and return not thither but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
 so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
 “For you shall go out in joy,
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and the hills before you
shall break forth into singing,
and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
 Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress;
instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle;
and it shall be to the LORD for a memorial,
for an everlasting sign which shall not be cut off.”
 I appeal to you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf,
 that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints,
 so that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company.
 The God of peace be with you all. Amen.
 “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
 Sell your possessions, and give alms; provide yourselves with purses that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.
 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
 “Let your loins be girded and your lamps burning,
 and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the marriage feast, so that they may open to him at once when he comes and knocks.
 Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes; truly, I say to you, he will gird himself and have them sit at table, and he will come and serve them.
 If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them so, blessed are those servants!
 But know this, that if the householder had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into.
 You also must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an unexpected hour.”
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