THE WORD OF GOD – JANUARY 15 (2), 2015


Sviatki. Fast-free

Forefeast of the Theophany.
St. Sylvester, pope of Rome (335).
Righteous Juliana of Lazarevo (1604).
Repose (1833), the second finding of relics (1991) of VenerableSeraphim, wonderworker of Sarov.
Venerable Sylvester of the Kiev Caves (12th c.).
Hieromartyr Theogenes, bishop of Parium on the Hellespont (320).

James 4:7-5:9

7

Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

8

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

9

Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.

10

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

11

Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.

12

There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?

13

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”;

14

whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.

15

Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”

16

But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.

17

Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

1

Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you!

2

Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten.

3

Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days.

4

Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.

5

You have lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury; you have fattened your hearts as in a day of slaughter.

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You have condemned, you have murdered the just; he does not resist you.

7

Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.

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You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.

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Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door!


Mark 12:38-44 (Thursday)

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Then He said to them in His teaching, “Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces,

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the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts,

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who devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation.

41

Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much.

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Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans.

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So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury;

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for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.

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