Monday in the Thirtieth Week after Pentecost
The Lesson of the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Hebrews.
Hebrews §319 (8:7-13).
Brethren: If that former law had been faultless, there should not indeed a place have been sought for a second. For finding fault with them, he saith: Behold, the days shall come, saith the Lord: and I will perfect unto the house of Israel, and unto the house of Juda, a new testament: not according to the testament which I made to their fathers, on the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt: because they continued not in My testament: and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. For this is the testament which I will make to the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord: I will give My laws into their mind, and in their heart will I write them: and I will be their God, and they shall be My people: and they shall not teach every man his neighbour and every man his brother, saying: Know the Lord; for all shall know Me from the least to the greatest of them: because I will be merciful to their iniquities, and their sins I will remember no more. Now in saying a new, He hath made the former old. And that which decayeth and groweth old, is near its end.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint Mark.
Saint Mark §33 (8:11-21).
At that time: The Pharisees came forth, and began to question with Jesus, asking Him a sign from heaven, tempting Him. And sighing deeply in spirit, He saith: Why doth this generation seek a sign? Amen, I say to you, a sign shall not be given to this generation. And leaving them, He went up again into the ship, and passed to the other side of the water. And they forgot to take bread; and they had but one loaf with them in the ship. And He charged them, saying: Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod. And they reasoned among themselves, saying: Because we have no bread. Which Jesus knowing, saith to them: Why do you reason, because you have no bread? Do you not yet know nor understand? Have you still your heart blinded? Having eyes, see you not? And having ears, hear you not? Neither do you remember. When I broke the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took you up? They say to Him: Twelve. When also the seven loaves among four thousand, how many baskets of fragments took you up? And they say to Him: Seven. And He said to them: How do you not yet understand?