Thursday, May 27, 2021
Fifth Day of Pentecost,
 Moreover, the LORD said to Moses,
 “Take the finest spices: of liquid myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet-smelling cinnamon half as much, that is, two hundred and fifty, and of aromatic cane two hundred and fifty,
 and of cassia five hundred, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, and of olive oil a hin;
 and you shall make of these a sacred anointing oil blended as by the perfumer; a holy anointing oil it shall be.
 And you shall anoint with it the tent of meeting and the ark of the testimony,
 and the table and all its utensils, and the lampstand and its utensils, and the altar of incense,
 and the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils and the laver and its base;
 you shall consecrate them, that they may be most holy; whatever touches them will become holy.
 For what man can learn the counsel of God?
Or who can discern what the Lord wills?
 For the reasoning of mortals is worthless,
and our designs are likely to fail,
 for a perishable body weighs down the soul,
and this earthy tent burdens the thoughtful mind.
 We can hardly guess at what is on earth,
and what is at hand we find with labor;
but who has traced out what is in the heavens?
 Who has learned thy counsel, unless thou hast given wisdom
and sent thy holy Spirit from on high?
 And thus the paths of those on earth were set right,
and men were taught what pleases thee,
and were saved by wisdom.”
 Wisdom protected the first-formed father of the
world, when he alone had been created;
she delivered him from his transgression,
 and gave him strength to rule all things.
 While Apol’los was at Corinth, Paul passed through the upper country and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples.
 And he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said, “No, we have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
 And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They said, “Into John’s baptism.”
 And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.”
 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them; and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.
 There were about twelve of them in all.
 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.
 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.”
 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
 All who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law.
 For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified.
 When Gentiles who have not the law do by nature what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law.
 They show that what the law requires is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or perhaps excuse them
 on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.
 But if you call yourself a Jew and rely upon the law and boast of your relation to God
 and know his will and approve what is excellent, because you are instructed in the law,
 and if you are sure that you are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness,
 a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth —
 you then who teach others, will you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal?
 You who say that one must not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?
 You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law?
 For, as it is written, “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”
 And when he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demoniacs met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way.
 And behold, they cried out, “What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?”
 Now a herd of many swine was feeding at some distance from them.
 And the demons begged him, “If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of swine.”
 And he said to them, “Go.” So they came out and went into the swine; and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and perished in the waters.
 The herdsmen fled, and going into the city they told everything, and what had happened to the demoniacs.
 And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their neighborhood.
 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit;
 and her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.
 But as he considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit;
 she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
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