Friday, July 9, 2021
Fifth Day of the Fast of Transfiguration
 I appeal to you, brethren, to take note of those who create dissensions and difficulties, in opposition to the doctrine which you have been taught; avoid them.
 For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by fair and flattering words they deceive the hearts of the simple-minded.
 For while your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, I would have you wise as to what is good and guileless as to what is evil;
 then the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
 Timothy, my fellow worker, greets you; so do Lucius and Jason and Sosip’ater, my kinsmen.
 I Tertius, the writer of this letter, greet you in the Lord.
 Ga’ius, who is host to me and to the whole church, greets you. Eras’tus, the city treasurer, and our brother Quartus, greet you.
 Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which was kept secret for long ages
 but is now disclosed and through the prophetic writings is made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith —
 to the only wise God be glory for evermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.
 And sending away the crowds, he got into the boat and went to the region of Mag’adan.
 And the Pharisees and Sad’ducees came, and to test him they asked him to show them a sign from heaven.
 He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, `It will be fair weather; for the sky is red.’
 And in the morning, `It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.
 An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” So he left them and departed.
 When the disciples reached the other side, they had forgotten to bring any bread.
 Jesus said to them, “Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sad’ducees.”
 And they discussed it among themselves, saying, “We brought no bread.”
 But Jesus, aware of this, said, “O men of little faith, why do you discuss among yourselves the fact that you have no bread?
 Do you not yet perceive? Do you not remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets you gathered?
 Or the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets you gathered?
 How is it that you fail to perceive that I did not speak about bread? Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sad’ducees.”
 Then they understood that he did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sad’ducees.
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