Saturday, September 4, 2021
318 Fathers of the Holy Council of Nicaea (AD 325)
 They shall teach my people the difference between the holy and the common, and show them how to distinguish between the unclean and the clean.
 In a controversy they shall act as judges, and they shall judge it according to my judgments. They shall keep my laws and my statutes in all my appointed feasts, and they shall keep my sabbaths holy.
 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us,
 looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.
 In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
 And have you forgotten the exhortation which addresses you as sons? — “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
nor lose courage when you are punished by him.
 For the Lord disciplines him whom he loves,
and chastises every son whom he receives.”
 It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?
 “These things I have spoken to you, while I am still with you.
 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
 You heard me say to you, `I go away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I go to the Father; for the Father is greater than I.
 And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place, you may believe.
 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over me;
 but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go hence.
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