Monday, October 4, 2021
St. Phocas, Bishop of Sinope,
St. Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons and Disciple of the Apostles
II Corinthians 11:21-29
 Do not boast about tomorrow,
for you do not know what a day may bring forth.
 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;
a stranger, and not your own lips.
 A stone is heavy, and sand is weighty,
but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both.
 Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming;
but who can stand before jealousy?
 Better is open rebuke
than hidden love.
 Faithful are the wounds of a friend;
profuse are the kisses of an enemy.
 Thus says the LORD,
who makes a way in the sea,
a path in the mighty waters,
 who brings forth chariot and horse,
army and warrior;
they lie down, they cannot rise,
they are extinguished, quenched like a wick:
 “Remember not the former things,
nor consider the things of old.
 Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.
 The wild beasts will honor me,
the jackals and the ostriches;
for I give water in the wilderness,
rivers in the desert,
to give drink to my chosen people,
 the people whom I formed for myself
that they might declare my praise.
II Corinthians 11:21-29
 To my shame, I must say, we were too weak for that! But whatever any one dares to boast of — I am speaking as a fool — I also dare to boast of that.
 Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I.
 Are they servants of Christ? I am a better one — I am talking like a madman — with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death.
 Five times I have received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one.
 Three times I have been beaten with rods; once I was stoned. Three times I have been shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been adrift at sea;
 on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brethren;
 in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure.
 And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure upon me of my anxiety for all the churches.
 Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to fall, and I am not indignant?
 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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