17, Amshir 1734 (Saturday, 24 February 2018)

Saturday of the Second week of the Holy Lent

Matins

Psalm

Psalms 25:7-8, 11

7According to Your mercy remember me, For Your goodness' sake, O Lord.8Good and upright is the Lord
11For Your name's sake, O Lord, Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.

Gospel

Mark 9:43-50

43If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched--44where `Their worm does not die, And the fire is not quenched.'45And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame, rather than having two feet, to be cast into hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched--46where `Their worm does not die, And the fire is not quenched.'47And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire--48where `Their worm does not die, And the fire is not quenched.'49For everyone will be seasoned with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt.50Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another.

Liturgy

Pauline

Romans 14:1-18

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.5One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind.6He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks.7For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself.8For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord's.9For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living.10But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.11For it is written: As I live, says the Lord, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God.12So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.13Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother's way.14I know and am convinced by the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean of itself; but to him who considers anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.15Yet if your brother is grieved because of your food, you are no longer walking in love. Do not destroy with your food the one for whom Christ died.16Therefore do not let your good be spoken of as evil;17for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.18For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men.

Catholic

James 1:22-27

22But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.23For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror;24for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.25But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.26If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one's religion is useless.27Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

Acts

Acts 22:17-30

17Now it happened, when I returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, that I was in a trance18and saw Him saying to me, `Make haste and get out of Jerusalem quickly, for they will not receive your testimony concerning Me.'19So I said, `Lord, they know that in every synagogue I imprisoned and beat those who believe on You.20`And when the blood of Your martyr Stephen was shed, I also was standing by consenting to his death, and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him.'21Then He said to me, `Depart, for I will send you far from here to the Gentiles.'22And they listened to him until this word, and then they raised their voices and said, Away with such a fellow from the earth, for he is not fit to live!23Then, as they cried out and tore off their clothes and threw dust into the air,24the commander ordered him to be brought into the barracks, and said that he should be examined under scourging, so that he might know why they shouted so against him.25And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said to the centurion who stood by, Is it lawful for you to scourge a man who is a Roman, and uncondemned?26When the centurion heard that, he went and told the commander, saying, Take care what you do, for this man is a Roman.27Then the commander came and said to him, Tell me, are you a Roman? He said, Yes.28The commander answered, With a large sum I obtained this citizenship. And Paul said, But I was born a citizen.29Then immediately those who were about to examine him withdrew from him; and the commander was also afraid after he found out that he was a Roman, and because he had bound him.30The next day, because he wanted to know for certain why he was accused by the Jews, he released him from his bonds, and commanded the chief priests and all their council to appear, and brought Paul down and set him before them.

Psalm

Psalms 118:19-20

19Open to me the gates of righteousness; I will go through them, And I will praise the Lord.20This is the gate of the Lord, Through which the righteous shall enter.

Gospel

Matthew 7:13-21

13Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.14Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.15Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.16You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?17Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.18A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.19Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.20Therefore by their fruits you will know them.21Not everyone who says to Me, `Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.