Thursday, June 17, 2021
Sts. Theodotus and the Seven Virgins, Martyrs of Ancyra,
St. Thalilas, Physician of Cilicia
II Corinthians 6:1-10
 Therefore set your desire on my words;
long for them, and you will be instructed.
 Wisdom is radiant and unfading,
and she is easily discerned by those who love her,
and is found by those who seek her.
 She hastens to make herself known to those who desire her.
 He who rises early to seek her will have no difficulty,
for he will find her sitting at his gates.
 To fix one’s thought on her is perfect understanding,
and he who is vigilant on her account will
soon be free from care,
 because she goes about seeking those worthy of her,
and she graciously appears to them in their paths,
and meets them in every thought.
 The beginning of wisdom is the most sincere
desire for instruction,
and concern for instruction is love of her,
 and love of her is the keeping of her laws,
and giving heed to her laws is assurance of immortality,
 and immortality brings one near to God;
 so the desire for wisdom leads to a kingdom.
 Therefore if you delight in thrones and scepters,
O monarchs over the peoples,
honor wisdom, that you may reign for ever.
II Corinthians 6:1-10
 Working together with him, then, we entreat you not to accept the grace of God in vain.
 For he says, “At the acceptable time I have listened to you,
and helped you on the day of salvation.”
Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
 We put no obstacle in any one’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry,
 but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities,
 beatings, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watching, hunger;
 by purity, knowledge, forbearance, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love,
 truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left;
 in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true;
 as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as punished, and yet not killed;
 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
 “I have said all this to you to keep you from falling away.
 They will put you out of the synagogues; indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God.
 And they will do this because they have not known the Father, nor me.
 But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you of them. “I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you.
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