Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Second Day of the Fast of Heesnag
 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
 He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,
 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
 He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation;
 for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities — all things were created through him and for him.
 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
 He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the first-born from the dead, that in everything he might be pre-eminent.
 For in him all the fulness of God was pleased to dwell,
 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
 And you, who once were estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds,
 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him,
 provided that you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which has been preached to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
 As he said this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts that you sucked!”
 But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”
 When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, “This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of Jonah.
 For as Jonah became a sign to the men of Nin’eveh, so will the Son of man be to this generation.
 The queen of the South will arise at the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them; for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.
 The men of Nin’eveh will arise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.
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