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A Reading from the Book of the Prophet Micah  (6:1-8).

Hear what the LORD says: Arise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice. Hear, you mountains, the indictment of the LORD, and you enduring foundations of the earth, for the LORD has an indictment against his people, and he will contend with Israel. O my people, what have I done to you? How have I wearied you? Answer me! For I brought you up from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. O my people, remember what Balak king of Moab devised, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him, and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the righteous acts of the LORD. With what shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?” He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?


Psalm 37:1-11.Noli æmulari. 

FRET not thyself because of the ungodly; * 
   neither be thou envious against the evil doers. 
2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, * 
   and be withered even as the green herb. 
3 Put thou thy trust in the Lord, and be doing good; *

    dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. 
4 Delight thou in the Lord, * 
   and he shall give thee thy heart’s desire.
5 Commit thy way unto the Lord, and put thy trust in 
him, * 
   and he shall bring it to pass. 
6 He shall make thy righteousness as clear as the light, *

    and thy just dealing as the noon-day. 
7 Hold thee still in the Lord, and abide patiently upon him: * 
   but grieve not thyself at him whose way doth prosper, against the man that doeth after      evil counsels. 
8 Leave off from wrath, and let go displeasure: * 
   fret not thyself, else shalt thou be moved to do evil. 
9 Wicked doers shall be rooted out; * 
   and they that patiently abide the Lord, those shall inherit the land. 
10 Yet a little while, and the ungodly shall be clean gone: * 
   thou shalt look after his place, and he shall be away. 
11 But the meek-spirited shall possess the earth, * 
   and shall be refreshed in the multitude of peace.  

A Reading from the First Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians (1:18-31). 

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ  According to St. Matthew (5:1-12).

Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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