The Third Sunday after Pentecost – Tone Two
The Lesson of the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Romans.
Brethren: Being justified therefore by faith, let us have peace toward God by our Lord Jesus Christ: by Whom also we have access through faith into this grace wherein we stand, and glory, in the hope of the glory of the sons of God. And not only this: but also we glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation worketh patience: and patience, probation: and probation, hope. And hope confoundeth not: because the charity of God is poured forth in our hearts, by the Holy Ghost which is given us. For why did Christ, when we as yet were weak, according to the time die for the impious? For, scarce for a just man doth any die: for perhaps for a good man durst some man die. But God commendeth His charity in us: because, when as yet we were sinners, Christ died for us. Much more therefore now being justified in His blood, shall we be saved from wrath by Him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son: much more being reconciled, shall we be saved in the life of Him.
The Lesson of the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew.
St Matthew 6:22-33.
At that time, Jesus said to His Disciples: The candle of thy body is thine eye. If thine eye be simple, thy whole body shall be lightsome. But if thine eye be naught: thy whole body shall be darksome. If then the light that is in thee, be darkness: the darkness itself how great it shall be. No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will sustain the one, and condemn the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon. Therefore I say to you, be not careful for your life what you shall eat, neither for your body what raiment you shall put on. Is not the life more then the meat: and the body more then the raiment? Behold the fowls of the air, that they sow not, neither reap, nor gather into barns: and your Heavenly Father feedeth them. Are not you much more of price than they? And which of you by caring, can add to his stature one cubit? And for raiment why are you careful? Consider the lilies of the field how they grow: they labor not, neither do they spin. But I say to you, that neither Solomon in all his glory was arrayed as one of these. And if the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, God doth so clothe: how much more you O ye of very small faith? Be not careful therefore, saying, what shall we eat, or what shall we drink, or wherewith shall we be covered? For all these things as the heathen do seek after. Seek therefore first the Kingdom of God, and the justice of Him: and all these things shall be given you besides.