Tuesday in the Seventeenth Week after Pentecost
The Lesson of the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Ephesians.
Ephesians §222 (2:19-3:7).
Brethren: Now you are no more strangers and foreigners; but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and the domestics of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone: in Whom all the building, being framed together, groweth up into an holy temple in the Lord. In Whom you also are built together into an habitation of God in the Spirit. For this cause, I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ, for you Gentiles; if yet you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me towards you: how that, according to revelation, the mystery has been made known to me, as I have written above in a few words; as you reading, may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ, which in other generations was not known to the sons of men, as it is now revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit: that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and co-partners of His promise in Christ Jesus, by the gospel: of which I am made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God, which is given to me according to the operation of His power.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint Mark.
Saint Mark §50 (11:11-23).
At that time: Jesus entered into Jerusalem, into the temple: and having viewed all things round about, when now the eventide was come, He went out to Bethania with the twelve. And the next day when they came out from Bethania, He was hungry. And when He had seen afar off a fig tree having leaves, He came if perhaps He might find any thing on it. And when He was come to it, He found nothing but leaves. For it was not the time for figs. And answering He said to it: May no man hereafter eat fruit of thee any more for ever. And His disciples heard it. And they came to Jerusalem. And when He was entered into the temple, He began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the chairs of them that sold doves. And He suffered not that any man should carry a vessel through the temple; and He taught, saying to them: Is it not written, My house shall be called the house of prayer to all nations? But you have made it a den of thieves. Which when the chief priests and the scribes had heard, they sought how they might destroy Him. For they feared Him, because the whole multitude was in admiration at His doctrine. And when evening was come, He went forth out of the city. And when they passed by in the morning they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter remembering, said to him: Rabbi, behold the fig tree, which Thou didst curse, is withered away. And Jesus answering, saith to them: Have the faith of God. Amen I say to you, that whosoever shall say to this mountain: Be thou removed and be cast into the sea, and shall not stagger in his heart, but believe that whatsoever he saith shall be done; it shall be done unto him.