Tuesday in the Eleventh Week after Pentecost
The Lesson of the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Corinthians.
II Corinthians §172 (2:14-3:3).
Brethren: Thanks be to God, Who always maketh us to triumph in Christ Jesus, and manifesteth the odour of His knowledge by us in every place. For we are the good odour of Christ unto God, in them that are saved, and in them that perish. To the one indeed the odour of death unto death: but to the others the odour of life unto life. And for these things who is so sufficient? For we are not as many, adulterating the word of God; but with sincerity, but as from God, before God, in Christ we speak. Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or do we need (as some do) epistles of commendation to you, or from you? You are our epistle, written in our hearts, which is known and read by all men: being manifested, that you are the epistle of Christ, ministered by us, and written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in the fleshly tables of the heart.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew.
Saint Matthew §95 (23:23-28).
The Lord said unto the Jews coming to Him: Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; because you tithe mint, and anise, and cumin, and have left the weightier things of the law; judgment, and mercy, and faith. These things you ought to have done, and not to leave those undone. Blind guides, who strain out a gnat, and swallow a camel. Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; because you make clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but within you are full of rapine and uncleanness. Thou blind Pharisee, first make clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, that the outside may become clean. Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; because you are like to whited sepulchres, which outwardly appear to men beautiful, but within are full of dead men’s bones, and of all filthiness. So you also outwardly indeed appear to men just; but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.