Friday in the Twenty-Eighth Week after Pentecost
The Lesson of the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to Titus.
Titus §301 (1:15-2:10).
My son Titus: All things are clean to the clean: but to them that are defiled, and to unbelievers, nothing is clean: but both their mind and their conscience are defiled. They profess that they know God: but in their works they deny Him; being abominable, and incredulous, and to every good work reprobate. But speak thou the things that become sound doctrine: that the aged men be sober, chaste, prudent, sound in faith, in love, in patience. The aged women, in like manner, in holy attire, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teaching well: that they may teach the young women to be wise, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, sober, having a care of the house, gentle, obedient to their husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Young men, in like manner, exhort that they be sober. In all things shew thyself an example of good works, in doctrine, in integrity, in gravity, the sound word that can not be blamed: that he, who is on the contrary part, may be afraid, having no evil to say of us. Exhort servants to be obedient to their masters, in all things pleasing, not gainsaying: not defrauding, but in all things shewing good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke.
Saint Luke §101 (20:19-26).
At that time: The chief priests and the scribes sought to lay hands on Jesus: but they feared the people, for they knew that He spoke this parable to them. And being upon the watch, they sent spies, who should feign themselves just, that they might take hold of Him in His words, that they might deliver Him up to the authority and power of the governor. And they asked Him, saying: Master, we know that Thou speakest and teachest rightly: and Thou dost not respect any person, but teachest the way of God in truth. Is it lawful for us to give tribute to Caesar, or no? But He considering their guile, said to them: Why tempt you Me? Shew Me a penny. Whose image and inscription hath it? They answering, said to Him, Caesar’s. And He said to them: Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s: and to God the things that are God’s. And they could not reprehend His word before the people: and wondering at His answer, they held their peace.