THE WORD OF GOD – FEBRUARY 28 (15), 2015


First Saturday of the Great Lent. Tone four.
Great Lent. Food with Oil

Great Martyr Theodore Tyro (306) (movable holiday on Saturday of the 1st week of the Great Lent).
Apostle Onesimus of the Seventy (109).
Venerable Anthimus of Chios (1960) (Greek).
Synaxis of St. John the Theologian at Diaconissa.

Mark 2:23 – 3:5

23

Now it happened that He went through the grainfields on the Sabbath; and as they went His disciples began to pluck the heads of grain.

24

And the Pharisees said to Him, “Look, why do they do what is not lawful on the Sabbath?”

25

But He said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he was in need and hungry, he and those with him:

26

how he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the showbread, which is not lawful to eat except for the priests, and also gave some to those who were with him?

27

And He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.

28

Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.

1

And He entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand.

2

So they watched Him closely, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him.

3

And He said to the man who had the withered hand, “Step forward.”

4

Then He said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they kept silent.

5

And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.


John 15:17-16:2 (St. Theodore)

17

These things I command you, that you love one another.

18

If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.

19

If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.

20

Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.

21

But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.

22

If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.

23

He who hates Me hates My Father also.

24

If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father.

25

But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, ‘They hated Me without a cause.’

26

But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.

27

And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.

1

These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble.

2

They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.

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