Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Second Day of the Fast of Transfiguration
 We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves;
 let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to edify him.
 For Christ did not please himself; but, as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached thee fell on me.”
 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.
 May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus,
 that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 Welcome one another, therefore, as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
 For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs,
 and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, “Therefore I will praise thee among the Gentiles,
and sing to thy name”;
 and again it is said, “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people”;
 and again, “Praise the Lord, all Gentiles,
and let all the peoples praise him”;
 and further Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse shall come,
he who rises to rule the Gentiles;
in him shall the Gentiles hope.”
 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
 Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said,
 “Why do your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat.”
 He answered them, “And why do you transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?
 For God commanded, `Honor your father and your mother,’ and, `He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him surely die.’
 But you say, `If any one tells his father or his mother, What you would have gained from me is given to God, he need not honor his father.’
 So, for the sake of your tradition, you have made void the word of God.
 You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said:
 `This people honors me with their lips,
but their heart is far from me;
 in vain do they worship me,
teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.’”
 And he called the people to him and said to them, “Hear and understand:
 not what goes into the mouth defiles a man, but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.”
 Then the disciples came and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?”
 He answered, “Every plant which my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up.
 Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”
 But Peter said to him, “Explain the parable to us.”
 And he said, “Are you also still without understanding?
 Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and so passes on?
 But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a man.
 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander.
 These are what defile a man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man.”
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