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Third of the Latter Sundays of Easter

1st Reading: James 5: 7-13

 7 Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. 

8 You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. 

9 Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door! 

10 My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. 

11 Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord–that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful. 

12 But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your “Yes,” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No,” lest you fall into judgment. 

13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.

 2nd Reading: 2 Corinthians 1: 15-23

15 And in this confidence I intended to come to you before, that you might have a second benefit– 

16 to pass by way of you to Macedonia, to come again from Macedonia to you, and be helped by you on my way to Judea. 

17 Therefore, when I was planning this, did I do it lightly? Or the things I plan, do I plan according to the flesh, that with me there should be Yes, Yes, and No, No? 

18 But as God is faithful, our word to you was not Yes and No. 

19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us–by me, Silvanus, and Timothy–was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes. 

20 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. 

21 Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, 

22 who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. 

23 Moreover I call God as witness against my soul, that to spare you I came no more to Corinth.

Gospel: Luke 14: 14-23

14 And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” 

15 Now when one of those who sat at the table with Him heard these things, he said to Him, “Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God!” 

16 Then He said to him, “A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, 

17 and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, ‘Come, for all things are now ready.’ 

18 But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.’ 

19 And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.’ 

20Still another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ 

21 So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.’ 

22And the servant said, ‘Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.’

23 Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

Second of the Latter Sundays of Easter

1st Reading: Acts 19: 13-22

 13 Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.” 

14 Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so. 

15 And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” 

16 Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. 

17 This became known both to all Jews and Greeks dwelling in Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. 

18 And many who had believed came confessing and telling their deeds. 

19 Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted up the value of them, and it totaled fifty thousand pieces of silver. 

20 So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed. 

21 When these things were accomplished, Paul purposed in the Spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, “After I have been there, I must also see Rome.” 

22 So he sent into Macedonia two of those who ministered to him, Timothy and Erastus, but he himself stayed in Asia for a time.

2nd Reading: Hebrews 13: 9-18

9 Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace, not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them. 

10 We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat. 

11 For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp. 

12 Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate. 

13 Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach. 

14 For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come. 

15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. 

16 But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. 

17 Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you. 

18 Pray for us; for we are confident that we have a good conscience, in all things desiring to live honorably.

Gospel: Mark 12: 38-44

38 Then He said to them in His teaching, “Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces, 

39 the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts, 

40 who devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation.” 

41 Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. 

42 Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans. 

43 So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; 

44 for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.”

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Sayings of the Saints

Prayer is a great weapon, a treasure that cannot be depleted, a wealth that never fails, a quiet harbor, and stillness without disturbance.
الصلاة سلاح عظيم ، كنز لا يفرغ ، غنى لايسقط ابداً ، ميناء هادئ وسكون ليس فيه اضطراب

— Saint John Chrysostom القديس يوحنا ذهبي الفم
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