Thursday in the Thirteenth Week after Pentecost
The Lesson of the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Corinthians.
II Corinthians §190 (10:7b-18).
Brethren: If any man trust to himself, that he is Christ’s, let him think this again with himself, that as he is Christ’s, so are we also. For if also I should boast somewhat more of our power, which the Lord hath given us unto edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed. But that I may not be thought as it were to terrify you by epistles, (for his epistles indeed, say they, are weighty and strong; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible,) let such a one think this, that such as we are in word by epistles, when absent, such also we will be indeed when present. For we dare not match, or compare ourselves with some, that commend themselves; but we measure ourselves by ourselves, and compare ourselves with ourselves. But we will not glory beyond our measure; but according to the measure of the rule, which God hath measured to us, a measure to reach even unto you. For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as if we reached not unto you. For we are come as far as to you in the gospel of Christ. Not glorying beyond measure in other men’s labours; but having hope of your increasing faith, to be magnified in you according to our rule abundantly; yea, unto those places that are beyond you, to preach the gospel, not to glory in another man’s rule, in those things that are made ready to our hand. But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. For not he who commendeth himself, is approved, but he, whom God commendeth.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint Mark.
Saint Mark §14 (3:28-35).
The Lord said: Amen I say to you, that all sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and the blasphemies wherewith they shall blaspheme: but he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost, shall never have forgiveness, but shall be guilty of an everlasting sin. Because they said: He hath an unclean spirit. And His mother and His brethren came; and standing without, sent unto Him, calling Him. And the multitude sat about Him; and they say to Him: Behold Thy mother and Thy brethren without seek for Thee. And answering them, He said: Who is My mother and My brethren? And looking round about on them who sat about Him, He saith: Behold My mother and My brethren. For whosoever shall do the will of God, he is My brother, and My sister, and mother.