Epistle Reading: 2 Corinthians 1:21-2:4
Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has
anointed us is God,
who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our
hearts as a deposit.
Moreover I call God as witness against my soul, that
to spare you I came no more to Corinth.
Not that we have dominion over your faith, but are
fellow workers for your joy; for by faith you stand.
But I determined this within myself, that I would not
come again to you in sorrow.
For if I make you sorrowful, then who is he who makes
me glad but the one who is made sorrowful by me?
And I wrote this very thing to you, lest, when I came,
I should have sorrow over those from whom I ought to have joy, having
confidence in you all that my joy is the joy of you all.
For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote
to you, with many tears, not that you should be grieved, but that you might
know the love which I have so abundantly for you.
Epistle Reading: Galatians 2:16-20
"knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the
law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus,
that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the
law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.
"But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we
ourselves also are found sinners, is Christ therefore a minister of sin?
"For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I
make myself a transgressor.
"For I through the law died to the law that I might live
"I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who
live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I
live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 22:1-14
And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and
"The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged
a marriage for his son,
"and sent out his servants to call those who were invited
to the wedding; and they were not willing to come.
"Again, he sent out other servants, saying, 'Tell those who
are invited, "See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are
killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding." '
"But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his
own farm, another to his business.
"And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully,
and killed them.
"But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he
sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
"Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding is ready, but
those who were invited were not worthy.
'Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find,
invite to the wedding.'
"So those servants went out into the highways and gathered
together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was
filled with guests.
"But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man
there who did not have on a wedding garment.
"So he said to him, 'Friend, how did you come in here
without a wedding garment?' And he was speechless.
"Then the king said to the servants, 'Bind him hand and
foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be
weeping and gnashing of teeth.'
"For many are called, but few are chosen."
Gospel Reading: Mark 8:34-9:1
And when He had called the people to Him, with His disciples
also, He said to them, "Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny
himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
"For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but
whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it.
"For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world,
and loses his own soul?
"Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
"For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous
and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He
comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels."
And He said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that there are
some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of
God present with power."
Saints and Feasts
Sunday After the Elevation of the Cross; Euphemia the Great Martyr; Sebastiana, Disciple of St. Paul the Apostle; Dorotheos the Hermit of Egypt; Melitina the Martyr; Afterfeast of the Holy Cross; Ninian the Enlightener of Scotland