Monday in the Thirteenth Week after Pentecost
The Lesson of the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Corinthians.
II Corinthians §186 (8:7-15).
Brethren: That as in all things you abound in faith, and word, and knowledge, and all carefulness; moreover also in your charity towards us, so in this grace also you may abound. I speak not as commanding; but by the carefulness of others, approving also the good disposition of your charity. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that being rich He became poor, for your sakes; that through His poverty you might be rich. And herein I give my advice; for this is profitable for you, who have begun not only to do, but also to be willing, a year ago. Now therefore perform ye it also in deed; that as your mind is forward to be willing, so it may be also to perform, out of that which you have. For if the will be forward, it is accepted according to that which a man hath, not according to that which he hath not. For I mean not that others should be eased, and you burthened, but by an equality. In this present time let your abundance supply their want, that their abundance also may supply your want, that there may be an equality, as it is written: He that had much, had nothing over; and he that had little, had no want.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint Mark.
Saint Mark §11 (3:6-12).
At that time: The Pharisees made a consultation with the Herodians against Jesus, how they might destroy Him. But Jesus retired with His disciples to the sea; and a great multitude followed Him from Galilee and Judea, and from Jerusalem, and from Idumea, and from beyond the Jordan. And they about Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, hearing the things which He did, came to Him. And He spoke to his disciples that a small ship should wait on Him because of the multitude, lest they should throng Him. For He healed many, so that they pressed upon Him for to touch Him, as many as had evils. And the unclean spirits, when they saw Him, fell down before Him: and they cried, saying: Thou art the Son of God. And He strictly charged them that they should not make Him known.