Epistle Reading: 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
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
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.
Gospel Reading: Mark 11:11-23
And Jesus went into Jerusalem and into the temple. So when He
had looked around at all things, as the hour was already late, He went out
to Bethany with the twelve.
Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was
And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see
if perhaps He would find something on it. And when He came to it, He found
nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs.
In response Jesus said to it, "Let no one eat fruit from you
ever again." And His disciples heard it.
So they came to Jerusalem. And Jesus went into the temple and
began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned
the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of those who sold doves.
And He would not allow anyone to carry wares through the
Then He taught, saying to them, "Is it not written, 'My house
shall be called a house of prayer for all nations'? But you have made it a '
den of thieves.' "
And the scribes and chief priests heard it and sought how they
might destroy Him; for they feared Him, because all the people were
astonished at His teaching.
And when evening had come, He went out of the city.
Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree
dried up from the roots.
And Peter, remembering, said to Him, "Rabbi, look! The fig
tree which You cursed has withered away."
So Jesus answered and said to them, "Have faith in God.
"For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, '
Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but
believes that those things he says will come to pass, he will have whatever
Saints and Feasts
Paul of Thebes; John the Hut-Dweller; Pansophios the Martyr of Alexandria