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Resuming Mark

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The reading guides for the 21st to the 24th Sundays of OT B are now available. Some Scriptural readings have two guides while others have none at all, especially for the first readings. This is due to the fact that I write guides for each liturgical cycle as it comes. This year, I am concentrating on the second readings. Guides for the first readings were written when the passages explained were offered during Lent or the Advent seasons (where the Old Testament readings do not change).

On the 21st Sunday we complete the reading of John 6 with the pledge of allegiance expressed by Peter in behalf of the Twelve. On the 22nd Sunday of OT B we resume our reading of the Gospel of Mark about a controversy regarding what makes one clean and unclean. From there we proceed to a healing miracle carried out in the environs of the Decapolis and finally, for the 24th Sunday, we begin the narration about the revelation of Jesus as the Suffering Messiah.

Ephesians 5:21-33
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21Being subject one to another, in the fear of Christ.
22Let women be subject to their husbands, as to the Lord:
23Because the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ is the head of the church. He is the saviour of his body.
24Therefore as the church is subject to Christ, so also let the wives be to their husbands in all things.
25Husbands, love your wives, as Christ also loved the church, and delivered himself up for it:
26That he might sanctify it, cleansing it by the laver of water in the word of life:
27That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any; such thing; but that it should be holy, and without blemish.
28So also ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife, loveth himself.
29For no man ever hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, as also Christ doth the church:
30Because we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
31For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall be two in one flesh.
32This is a great sacrament; but I speak in Christ and in the church.
33Nevertheless let every one of you in particular love his wife as himself: and let the wife fear her husband.
Mark 7:19
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19Because it entereth not into his heart, but goeth into the belly, and goeth out into the privy, purging all meats?
James 1:16-27
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16Do not err, therefore, my dearest brethren.
17Every best gift, and every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no change, nor shadow of alteration.
18For of his own will hath he begotten us by the word of truth, that we might be some beginning of his creatures.
19You know, my dearest brethren. And let every man be swift to hear, but slow to speak, and slow to anger.
20For the anger of man worketh not the justice of God.
21Wherefore casting away all uncleanness, and abundance of naughtiness, with meekness receive the ingrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
22But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
23For if a man be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he shall be compared to a man beholding his own countenance in a glass.
24For he beheld himself, and went his way, and presently forgot what manner of man he was.
25But he that hath looked into the perfect law of liberty, and hath continued therein, not becoming a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work; this man shall be blessed in his deed.
26And if any man think himself to be religious, not bridling his tongue, but deceiving his own heart, this man's religion is vain.
27Religion clean and undefiled before God and the Father, is this: to visit the fatherless and widows in their tribulation: and to keep one's self unspotted from this world.
James 2:1-13
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1My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ of glory with respect of persons.
2For if there shall come into your assembly a man having a golden ring, in fine apparel, and there shall come in also a poor man in mean attire,
3And you have respect to him that is clothed with the fine apparel, and shall say to him: Sit thou here well; but say to the poor man: Stand thou there, or sit under my footstool:
4Do you not judge within yourselves, and are become judges of unjust thoughts?
5Hearken, my dearest brethren: hath not God chosen the poor in this world, rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which God hath promised to them that love him?
6But you have dishonoured the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you by might? and do not they draw you before the judgment seats?
7Do not they blaspheme the good name that is invoked upon you?
8If then you fulfill the royal law, according to the scriptures, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself; you do well.
9But if you have respect to persons, you commit sin, being reproved by the law as transgressors.
10And whosoever shall keep the whole law, but offend in one point, is become guilty of all.
11For he that said, Thou shalt not commit adultery, said also, Thou shalt not kill. Now if thou do not commit adultery, but shalt kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.
12So speak ye, and so do, as being to be judged by the law of liberty.
13For judgment without mercy to him that hath not done mercy. And mercy exalteth itself above judgment.
James 2:14-18
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14What shall it profit, my brethren, if a man say he hath faith, but hath not works? Shall faith be able to save him?
15And if a brother or sister be naked, and want daily food:
16And one of you say to them: Go in peace, be ye warmed and filled; yet give them not those things that are necessary for the body, what shall it profit?
17So faith also, if it have not works, is dead in itself.
18But some man will say: Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without works; and I will shew thee, by works, my faith.
Isaiah 50:4-9
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4The Lord hath given me a learned tongue, that I should know how to uphold by word him that is weary: he wakeneth in the morning, in the morning he wakeneth my ear, that I may hear him as a master.
5The Lord God hath opened my ear, and I do not resist: I have not gone back.
6I have given my body to the strikers, and my cheeks to them that plucked them: I have not turned away my face from them that rebuked me, and spit upon me.
7The Lord God is my helper, therefore am I not confounded: therefore have I set my face as a most hard rock, and I know that I shall not be confounded.
8He is near that justifieth me, who will contend with me? let us stand together, who is my adversary? let him come near to me.
9Behold the Lord God is my helper: who is he that shall condemn me? Lo, they shall all be destroyed as a garment, the moth shall eat them up.

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