Sunday, October 31, 2021
Eighth Sunday after the Holy Cross
 Thus says the Lord GOD of hosts, “Come, go to this steward, to Shebna, who is over the household, and say to him:
 What have you to do here and whom have you here, that you have hewn here a tomb for yourself, you who hew a tomb on the height, and carve a habitation for yourself in the rock?
 Behold, the LORD will hurl you away violently, O you strong man. He will seize firm hold on you,
 and whirl you round and round, and throw you like a ball into a wide land; there you shall die, and there shall be your splendid chariots, you shame of your master’s house.
 I will thrust you from your office, and you will be cast down from your station.
 In that day I will call my servant Eli’akim the son of Hilki’ah,
 and I will clothe him with your robe, and will bind your girdle on him, and will commit your authority to his hand; and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah.
 And I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David; he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.
 And I will fasten him like a peg in a sure place, and he will become a throne of honor to his father’s house.
 And they will hang on him the whole weight of his father’s house, the offspring and issue, every small vessel, from the cups to all the flagons.
 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
To the saints who are also faithful in Christ Jesus:
 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,
 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.
 He destined us in love to be his sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,
 to the praise of his glorious grace which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace
 which he lavished upon us.
 For he has made known to us in all wisdom and insight the mystery of his will, according to his purpose which he set forth in Christ
 as a plan for the fulness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
 In him, according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of his will,
 we who first hoped in Christ have been destined and appointed to live for the praise of his glory.
 In him you also, who have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,
 which is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
 For nothing is hid that shall not be made manifest, nor anything secret that shall not be known and come to light.
 Take heed then how you hear; for to him who has will more be given, and from him who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away.”
 Then his mother and his brothers came to him, but they could not reach him for the crowd.
 And he was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see you.”
 But he said to them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”
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