Sunday, May 2, 2021
Twenty-ninth Day of Zadeeg,
Feast of the Appearance of the Holy Cross
I John 1:1-10
 But far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
 For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.
 Peace and mercy be upon all who walk by this rule, upon the Israel of God.
 Henceforth let no man trouble me; for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.
 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.
 then will appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory;
 and he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near.
 So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates.
 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away till all these things take place.
 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.
 “No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a bushel, but on a stand, that those who enter may see the light.
 Your eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is sound, your whole body is full of light; but when it is not sound, your body is full of darkness.
 Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness.
 If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright, as when a lamp with its rays gives you light.”
 While he was speaking, a Pharisee asked him to dine with him; so he went in and sat at table.
 The Pharisee was astonished to see that he did not first wash before dinner.
 And the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside you are full of extortion and wickedness.
 You fools! Did not he who made the outside make the inside also?
 But give for alms those things which are within; and behold, everything is clean for you.
 “But woe to you Pharisees! for you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and neglect justice and the love of God; these you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.
 Woe to you Pharisees! for you love the best seat in the synagogues and salutations in the market places.
 Woe to you! for you are like graves which are not seen, and men walk over them without knowing it.”
 One of the lawyers answered him, “Teacher, in saying this you reproach us also.”
 And he said, “Woe to you lawyers also! for you load men with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers.
 Woe to you! for you build the tombs of the prophets whom your fathers killed.
 So you are witnesses and consent to the deeds of your fathers; for they killed them, and you build their tombs.
 Therefore also the Wisdom of God said, `I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute,’
 that the blood of all the prophets, shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation,
 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechari’ah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, it shall be required of this generation.
 Woe to you lawyers! for you have taken away the key of knowledge; you did not enter yourselves, and you hindered those who were entering.”
 As he went away from there, the scribes and the Pharisees began to press him hard, and to provoke him to speak of many things,
 lying in wait for him, to catch at something he might say.
 In the meantime, when so many thousands of the multitude had gathered together that they trod upon one another, he began to say to his disciples first, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
 Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.
 Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.
 “I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
 But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear him!
 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God.
 Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.
 “And I tell you, every one who acknowledges me before men, the Son of man also will acknowledge before the angels of God;
 but he who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God.
 And every one who speaks a word against the Son of man will be forgiven; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
 And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious how or what you are to answer or what you are to say;
 for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”
 Now when they had passed through Amphip’olis and Apollo’nia, they came to Thessaloni’ca, where there was a synagogue of the Jews.
 And Paul went in, as was his custom, and for three weeks he argued with them from the scriptures,
 explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.”
 And some of them were persuaded, and joined Paul and Silas; as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women.
 But the Jews were jealous, and taking some wicked fellows of the rabble, they gathered a crowd, set the city in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring them out to the people.
 And when they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brethren before the city authorities, crying, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also,
 and Jason has received them; and they are all acting against the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus.”
 And the people and the city authorities were disturbed when they heard this.
 And when they had taken security from Jason and the rest, they let them go.
 The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Beroe’a; and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue.
 Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessaloni’ca, for they received the word with all eagerness, examining the scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
 Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men.
 But when the Jews of Thessaloni’ca learned that the word of God was proclaimed by Paul at Beroe’a also, they came there too, stirring up and inciting the crowds.
 Then the brethren immediately sent Paul off on his way to the sea, but Silas and Timothy remained there.
 Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens; and receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they departed.
I John 1:1-10
 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life —
 the life was made manifest, and we saw it, and testify to it, and proclaim to you the eternal life which was with the Father and was made manifest to us —
 that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you may have fellowship with us; and our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.
 And we are writing this that our joy may be complete.
 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all.
 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not live according to the truth;
 but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
 About the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and taught.
 The Jews marveled at it, saying, “How is it that this man has learning, when he has never studied?”
 So Jesus answered them, “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me;
 if any man’s will is to do his will, he shall know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.
 He who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but he who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood.
 Did not Moses give you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why do you seek to kill me?”
 The people answered, “You have a demon! Who is seeking to kill you?”
 Jesus answered them, “I did one deed, and you all marvel at it.
 Moses gave you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, but from the fathers), and you circumcise a man upon the sabbath.
 If on the sabbath a man receives circumcision, so that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me because on the sabbath I made a man’s whole body well?
 And when Jesus had finished these parables, he went away from there,
 and coming to his own country he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works?
 Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas?
 And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all this?”
 And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.”
 And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.
 So the soldiers did this. But standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Mag’dalene.
 When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!”
 Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.
 After this Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfil the scripture), “I thirst.”
 A bowl full of vinegar stood there; so they put a sponge full of the vinegar on hyssop and held it to his mouth.
 When Jesus had received the vinegar, he said, “It is finished”; and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
 The apostles returned to Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught.
 And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.
 And they went away in the boat to a lonely place by themselves.
 Now many saw them going, and knew them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns, and got there ahead of them.
 As he went ashore he saw a great throng, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.
 And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a lonely place, and the hour is now late;
 send them away, to go into the country and villages round about and buy themselves something to eat.”
 But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread, and give it to them to eat?”
 And he said to them, “How many loaves have you? Go and see.” And when they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.”
 Then he commanded them all to sit down by companies upon the green grass.
 So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties.
 And taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples to set before the people; and he divided the two fish among them all.
 And they all ate and were satisfied.
 And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish.
 And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.
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