Epistle Reading: Ephesians 4:1-6
I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to have
a walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,
with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering,
bearing with one another in love,
endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called
in one hope of your calling;
one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through
all, and in you all.
Gospel Reading: Luke 10:25-37
And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, "
Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"
He said to him, "What is written in the law? What is your
reading of it?"
So he answered and said, " 'You shall love the LORD your God
with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with
all your mind,' and 'your neighbor as yourself.' "
And He said to him, "You have answered rightly; do this and
you will live."
But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is
Then Jesus answered and said: "A certain man went down from
Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his
clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
"Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when
he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
"Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and
looked, and passed by on the other side.
"But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was.
And when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
"and went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and
wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took
care of him.
"On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii,
gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, 'Take care of him; and
whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.'
"So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who
fell among the thieves?"
And he said, "He who showed mercy on him." Then Jesus said to
him, "Go and do likewise."
Saints and Feasts
John the Merciful, Patriarch of Alexandria; Nilus the Ascetic of Sinai; Saint Martin, Bishop of Tours