Scripture readings for February, 2019
Romans 13:11-14:4 (Epistle)
11And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.12The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.13Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.14But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.1Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things.2For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables.3Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him.4Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.
Matthew 6:14-21 (Gospel)
14For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.15But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.16Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.17But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,18so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.19Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;20but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
March 17th - First Sunday of Lent
Hebrews 11:24-26, 32-12:2 (Epistle)
24By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter,25choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin,26esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.32And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets:33who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,34quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.35Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection.36Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment.37They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented –38of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.39And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise,40God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.1Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,2looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
John 1:43-51 (Gospel)
43The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.”44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.45Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote – Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”46And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”47Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!”48Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”49Nathanael answered and said to Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”50Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.”51And He said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”
March 24th - Second Sunday of Lent - Forefeast of the Annunciation
Hebrews 1:10-2:3 (Epistle)
10And: “You, LORD, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands.11They will perish, but You remain; and they will all grow old like a garment;12like a cloak You will fold them up, and they will be changed. But You are the same, and Your years will not fail.”13But to which of the angels has He ever said: “Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool”?14Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?1Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.2For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward,3how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,
Mark 2:1-12 (Gospel)
1And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house.2Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them.3Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men.4And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.5When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.”6And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts,7“Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”8But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, “Why do you reason about these things in your hearts?9Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’?10But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins” – He said to the paralytic,11“I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”12Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”
March 31st - Third Sunday of Lent - Veneration of the Cross
Hebrews 4:14-5:6 (Epistle)
14Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.15For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.16Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.1For every high priest taken from among men is appointed for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins.2He can have compassion on those who are ignorant and going astray, since he himself is also subject to weakness.3Because of this he is required as for the people, so also for himself, to offer sacrifices for sins.4And no man takes this honor to himself, but he who is called by God, just as Aaron was.5So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him: “You are My Son, today I have begotten You.”6As He also says in another place: “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek”;
Mark 8:34-9:1 (Gospel)
34When He had called the people to Himself, 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.35For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.36For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?37Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?38For 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.”1And 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.”