Wednesday in the Twentieth Week after Pentecost
The Lesson of the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Philippians.
Philippians §243 (2:24-30).
Brethren: I trust in the Lord, that I myself also shall come to you shortly. But I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow labourer, and fellow soldier, but your apostle, and he that hath ministered to my wants. For indeed he longed after you all: and was sad, for that you had heard that he was sick. For indeed he was sick, nigh unto death; but God had mercy on him; and not only on him, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. Therefore I sent him the more speedily: that seeing him again, you may rejoice, and I may be without sorrow. Receive him therefore with all joy in the Lord; and treat with honour such as he is. Because for the work of Christ he came to the point of death: delivering his life, that he might fulfill that which on your part was wanting towards my service.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke.
Saint Luke §28 (6:46-7:1).
The Lord said: Why call you me, Lord, Lord; and do not the things which I say? Every one that cometh to Me, and heareth My words, and doth them, I will shew you to whom he is like. He is like to a man building a house, who digged deep, and laid the foundation upon a rock. And when a flood came, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and it could not shake it; for it was founded on a rock. But he that heareth, and doth not, is like to a man building his house upon the earth without a foundation: against which the stream beat vehemently, and immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great. And when He had finished all His words in the hearing of the people, He entered into Capharnaum.