THE WORD OF GOD – JANUARY 13, 2015 (DECEMBER 31, 2014)

Sviatki. Fast-free

Apodosis of the Nativity of Christ.
Venerable Melania the Younger, nun, of Rome (439).
 Venerable Zoticus of Constantinople, feeder of orphans (4th c.)

James 3:1-10


My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.


For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.


Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body.


Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires.


Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles!


And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.


For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind.


But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.


With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God.


Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.


Mark 12:18-27


Then some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Him; and they asked Him, saying:


Teacher, Moses wrote to us that if a man’s brother dies, and leaves his wife behind, and leaves no children, his brother should take his wife and raise up offspring for his brother.


Now there were seven brothers. The first took a wife; and dying, he left no offspring.


And the second took her, and he died; nor did he leave any offspring. And the third likewise.


So the seven had her and left no offspring. Last of all the woman died also.


Therefore, in the resurrection, when they rise, whose wife will she be? For all seven had her as wife.


Jesus answered and said to them, “Are you not therefore mistaken, because you do not know the Scriptures nor the power of God?


For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.


But concerning the dead, that they rise, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the burning bush passage, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’?


He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living. You are therefore greatly mistaken.

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