Monday, December 28, 2020
St. Peter the Apostle,
St. Paul the Apostle
II Peter 1:12-19
II Timothy 4:1-8
 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.
 therefore thus says the Lord GOD,
“Behold, I am laying in Zion for a foundation
a stone, a tested stone,
a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation:
`He who believes will not be in haste.’
 And I will make justice the line,
and righteousness the plummet;
and hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
and waters will overwhelm the shelter.”
 Then your covenant with death will be annulled,
and your agreement with Sheol will not stand;
when the overwhelming scourge passes through
you will be beaten down by it.
 As often as it passes through it will take you;
for morning by morning it will pass through,
by day and by night;
II Peter 1:12-19
 Therefore I intend always to remind you of these things, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have.
 I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to arouse you by way of reminder,
 since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me.
 And I will see to it that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.
 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
 For when he received honor and glory from God the Father and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,”
 we heard this voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain.
 And we have the prophetic word made more sure. You will do well to pay attention to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
II Timothy 4:1-8
 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom:
 preach the word, be urgent in season and out of season, convince, rebuke, and exhort, be unfailing in patience and in teaching.
 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings,
 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths.
 As for you, always be steady, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry.
 For I am already on the point of being sacrificed; the time of my departure has come.
 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
 Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.
 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.”
 A second time he said to him, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.”
 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.
 Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you girded yourself and walked where you would; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish to go.”
 (This he said to show by what death he was to glorify God.) And after this he said to him, “Follow me.”
 Peter turned and saw following them the disciple whom Jesus loved, who had lain close to his breast at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?”
 When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?”
 Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!”
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