Monday, May 3, 2021
Thirtieth Day of Zadeeg
I John 2:1-6
 One of the multitude said to him, “Teacher, bid my brother divide the inheritance with me.”
 But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or divider over you?”
 And he said to them, “Take heed, and beware of all covetousness; for a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
 And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully;
 and he thought to himself, `What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’
 And he said, `I will do this: I will pull down my barns, and build larger ones; and there I will store all my grain and my goods.
 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, be merry.’
 But God said to him, `Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’
 So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
 And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat, nor about your body, what you shall put on.
 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.
 Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!
 And which of you by being anxious can add a cubit to his span of life?
 If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?
 Consider the lilies, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
 But if God so clothes the grass which is alive in the field today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O men of little faith!
 And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be of anxious mind.
 For all the nations of the world seek these things; and your Father knows that you need them.
 Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things shall be yours as well.
 Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols.
 So he argued in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the market place every day with those who chanced to be there.
 Some also of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers met him. And some said, “What would this babbler say?” Others said, “He seems to be a preacher of foreign divinities” — because he preached Jesus and the resurrection.
 And they took hold of him and brought him to the Are-op’agus, saying, “May we know what this new teaching is which you present?
 For you bring some strange things to our ears; we wish to know therefore what these things mean.”
 Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new.
 So Paul, standing in the middle of the Are-op’agus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious.
 For as I passed along, and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, `To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.
 The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by man,
 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all men life and breath and everything.
 And he made from one every nation of men to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their habitation,
 that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel after him and find him. Yet he is not far from each one of us,
 for `In him we live and move and have our being’;
as even some of your poets have said, `For we are indeed his offspring.’
 Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the Deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, a representation by the art and imagination of man.
 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all men everywhere to repent,
 because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all men by raising him from the dead.”
 Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked; but others said, “We will hear you again about this.”
 So Paul went out from among them.
 But some men joined him and believed, among them Dionys’ius the Are-op’agite and a woman named Dam’aris and others with them.
I John 2:1-6
 My little children, I am writing this to you so that you may not sin; but if any one does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous;
 and he is the expiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.
 And by this we may be sure that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
 He who says “I know him” but disobeys his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him;
 but whoever keeps his word, in him truly love for God is perfected. By this we may be sure that we are in him:
 he who says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.
 Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”
 Some of the people of Jerusalem therefore said, “Is not this the man whom they seek to kill?
 And here he is, speaking openly, and they say nothing to him! Can it be that the authorities really know that this is the Christ?
 Yet we know where this man comes from; and when the Christ appears, no one will know where he comes from.”
 So Jesus proclaimed, as he taught in the temple, “You know me, and you know where I come from? But I have not come of my own accord; he who sent me is true, and him you do not know.
 I know him, for I come from him, and he sent me.”
 So they sought to arrest him; but no one laid hands on him, because his hour had not yet come.
 Yet many of the people believed in him; they said, “When the Christ appears, will he do more signs than this man has done?”
 The Pharisees heard the crowd thus muttering about him, and the chief priests and Pharisees sent officers to arrest him.
 Jesus then said, “I shall be with you a little longer, and then I go to him who sent me;
 you will seek me and you will not find me; where I am you cannot come.”
 The Jews said to one another, “Where does this man intend to go that we shall not find him? Does he intend to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks?
 What does he mean by saying, `You will seek me and you will not find me,’ and, `Where I am you cannot come’?”
 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard about the fame of Jesus;
 and he said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist, he has been raised from the dead; that is why these powers are at work in him.”
 For Herod had seized John and bound him and put him in prison, for the sake of Hero’di-as, his brother Philip’s wife;
 because John said to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.”
 And though he wanted to put him to death, he feared the people, because they held him to be a prophet.
 But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Hero’di-as danced before the company, and pleased Herod,
 so that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask.
 Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter.”
 And the king was sorry; but because of his oaths and his guests he commanded it to be given;
 he sent and had John beheaded in the prison,
 and his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother.
 And his disciples came and took the body and buried it; and they went and told Jesus.
 Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Beth-sa’ida, while he dismissed the crowd.
 And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray.
 And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land.
 And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them,
 but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out;
 for they all saw him, and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; have no fear.”
 And he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded,
 for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.
 And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennes’aret, and moored to the shore.
 And when they got out of the boat, immediately the people recognized him,
 and ran about the whole neighborhood and began to bring sick people on their pallets to any place where they heard he was.
 And wherever he came, in villages, cities, or country, they laid the sick in the market places, and besought him that they might touch even the fringe of his garment; and as many as touched it were made well.
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