Monday, May 24, 2021
Second Day of Pentecost,
 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters.
 And God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
 And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.
 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.
 Wisdom has built her house,
she has set up her seven pillars.
 She has slaughtered her beasts, she has mixed her wine,
she has also set her table.
 She has sent out her maids to call
from the highest places in the town,
 “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”
To him who is without sense she says,
 “Come, eat of my bread
and drink of the wine I have mixed.
 Leave simpleness, and live,
and walk in the way of insight.”
 While Peter was still saying this, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word.
 And the believers from among the circumcised who came with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles.
 For they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared,
 “Can any one forbid water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?”
 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days.
 And when Jesus was baptized, he went up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on him;
 and lo, a voice from heaven, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
 And he fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterward he was hungry.
 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God
 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy scriptures,
 the gospel concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh
 and designated Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord,
 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations,
 including yourselves who are called to belong to Jesus Christ;
 To all God’s beloved in Rome, who are called to be saints:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world.
 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I mention you always in my prayers,
 asking that somehow by God’s will I may now at last succeed in coming to you.
 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you,
 that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.
 I want you to know, brethren, that I have often intended to come to you (but thus far have been prevented), in order that I may reap some harvest among you as well as among the rest of the Gentiles.
 I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish:
 so I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.
 For I am not ashamed of the gospel: it is the power of God for salvation to every one who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, “He who through faith is righteous shall live.”
 And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching,
 for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.
 When he came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him;
 and behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.”
 And he stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
 And Jesus said to him, “See that you say nothing to any one; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a proof to the people.”
 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
 And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, to be with you for ever,
 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you, and will be in you.
 “I will not leave you desolate; I will come to you.
 Yet a little while, and the world will see me no more, but you will see me; because I live, you will live also.
 In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.
 He who has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me; and he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”
 Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?”
 Jesus answered him, “If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
 He who does not love me does not keep my words; and the word which you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.
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