Thirteenth Day of Easter (Zadeeg),
I Peter 1:1-12
 After this he went out, and saw a tax collector, named Levi, sitting at the tax office; and he said to him, “Follow me.”
 And he left everything, and rose and followed him.
 And Levi made him a great feast in his house; and there was a large company of tax collectors and others sitting at table with them.
 And the Pharisees and their scribes murmured against his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”
 And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick;
 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
 And they said to him, “The disciples of John fast often and offer prayers, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours eat and drink.”
 And Jesus said to them, “Can you make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them?
 The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days.”
 He told them a parable also: “No one tears a piece from a new garment and puts it upon an old garment; if he does, he will tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old.
 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; if he does, the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed.
 But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins.
 And no one after drinking old wine desires new; for he says, `The old is good.'”
 But an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert road.
 And he rose and went. And behold, an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a minister of the Can’dace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of all her treasure, had come to Jerusalem to worship
 and was returning; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah.
 And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go up and join this chariot.”
 So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?”
 And he said, “How can I, unless some one guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
 Now the passage of the scripture which he was reading was this: “As a sheep led to the slaughter
or a lamb before its shearer is dumb,
so he opens not his mouth.
 In his humiliation justice was denied him.
Who can describe his generation?
For his life is taken up from the earth.”
 And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, pray, does the prophet say this, about himself or about some one else?”
 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this scripture he told him the good news of Jesus.
 And as they went along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What is to prevent my being baptized?”
 And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.
 And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught up Philip; and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing.
 But Philip was found at Azo’tus, and passing on he preached the gospel to all the towns till he came to Caesare’a.
I Peter 1:1-12
 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To the exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappado’cia, Asia, and Bithyn’ia,
 chosen and destined by God the Father and sanctified by the Spirit for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you.
 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
 and to an inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,
 who by God’s power are guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while you may have to suffer various trials,
 so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold which though perishable is tested by fire, may redound to praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
 Without having seen him you love him; though you do not now see him you believe in him and rejoice with unutterable and exalted joy.
 As the outcome of your faith you obtain the salvation of your souls.
 The prophets who prophesied of the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired about this salvation;
 they inquired what person or time was indicated by the Spirit of Christ within them when predicting the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glory.
 It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things which have now been announced to you by those who preached the good news to you through the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.
 On the third day there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there;
 Jesus also was invited to the marriage, with his disciples.
 When the wine failed, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”
 And Jesus said to her, “O woman, what have you to do with me? My hour has not yet come.”
 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
 Now six stone jars were standing there, for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.
 Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim.
 He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the steward of the feast.” So they took it.
 When the steward of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward of the feast called the bridegroom
 and said to him, “Every man serves the good wine first; and when men have drunk freely, then the poor wine; but you have kept the good wine until now.”
 This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light;
 but if your eye is not sound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
 And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life?
 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin;
 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith?
 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, `What shall we eat?’ or `What shall we drink?’ or `What shall we wear?’
 For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.
 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.
 He went out again beside the sea; and all the crowd gathered about him, and he taught them.
 And as he passed on, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.
 And as he sat at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were sitting with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many who followed him.
 And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
 And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
 Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting; and people came and said to him, “Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?”
 And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast.
 The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day.
 No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; if he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made.
 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; if he does, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are the skins; but new wine is for fresh skins.”
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