Epistle Reading: 2 Corinthians 10:7-18
Do you look at things according to the outward
appearance? If anyone is convinced in himself that he is Christ's, let him
again consider this in himself, that just as he is Christ's, even so we are
For even if I should boast somewhat more about our
authority, which the Lord gave us for edification and not for your
destruction, I shall not be ashamed;
lest I seem to terrify you by letters.
"For his letters," they say, "are weighty and
powerful, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible."
Let such a person consider this, that what we are in
word by letters when we are absent, such we will also be in deed when we
For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves
with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by
themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
We, however, will not boast beyond measure, but
within the limits of the sphere which God appointed us; a sphere which
especially includes you.
For we are not extending ourselves beyond our sphere(
thus not reaching you), for it was to you that we came with the gospel of
not boasting of things beyond measure, that is, in
other men's labors, but having hope, that as your faith is increased, we
shall be greatly enlarged by you in our sphere,
to preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and
not to boast in another man's sphere of accomplishment.
But "He who glories, let him glory in the LORD."
For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom
the Lord commends.
Gospel Reading: Mark 3:28-35
"Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons
of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter;
"but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has
forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation";
because they said, "He has an unclean spirit."
Then His brothers and His mother came, and standing outside
they sent to Him, calling Him.
And a multitude was sitting around Him; and they said to Him, "
Look, Your mother and Your brothers are outside seeking You."
But He answered them, saying, "Who is My mother, or My brothers?"
And He looked around in a circle at those who sat about Him,
and said, "Here are My mother and My brothers!
"For whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister
Saints and Feasts
The Commemoration of the Miracle Wrought by Archangel Michael in Colossae (Chonae); Holy Martyr Calodote