Thirty-fifth Day of Easter (Zadeeg),
I John 2:38-3:6
 One sabbath when he went to dine at the house of a ruler who belonged to the Pharisees, they were watching him.
 And behold, there was a man before him who had dropsy.
 And Jesus spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath, or not?”
 But they were silent. Then he took him and healed him, and let him go.
 And he said to them, “Which of you, having a son or an ox that has fallen into a well, will not immediately pull him out on a sabbath day?”
 And they could not reply to this.
 Now he told a parable to those who were invited, when he marked how they chose the places of honor, saying to them,
 “When you are invited by any one to a marriage feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest a more eminent man than you be invited by him;
 and he who invited you both will come and say to you, `Give place to this man,’ and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place.
 But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, `Friend, go up higher’; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you.
 For every one who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
 He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your kinsmen or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return, and you be repaid.
 But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind,
 and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”
 When one of those who sat at table with him heard this, he said to him, “Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God!”
 But he said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet, and invited many;
 and at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, `Come; for all is now ready.’
 But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, `I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it; I pray you, have me excused.’
 And another said, `I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them; I pray you, have me excused.’
 And another said, `I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’
 So the servant came and reported this to his master. Then the householder in anger said to his servant, `Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and maimed and blind and lame.’
 And the servant said, `Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’
 And the master said to the servant, `Go out to the highways and hedges, and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.
 For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.'”
 After the uproar ceased, Paul sent for the disciples and having exhorted them took leave of them and departed for Macedo’nia.
 When he had gone through these parts and had given them much encouragement, he came to Greece.
 There he spent three months, and when a plot was made against him by the Jews as he was about to set sail for Syria, he determined to return through Macedo’nia.
 Sop’ater of Beroe’a, the son of Pyrrhus, accompanied him; and of the Thessalo’nians, Aristar’chus and Secun’dus; and Ga’ius of Derbe, and Timothy; and the Asians, Tych’icus and Troph’imus.
 These went on and were waiting for us at Tro’as,
 but we sailed away from Philip’pi after the days of Unleavened Bread, and in five days we came to them at Tro’as, where we stayed for seven days.
 On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the morrow; and he prolonged his speech until midnight.
 There were many lights in the upper chamber where we were gathered.
 And a young man named Eu’tychus was sitting in the window. He sank into a deep sleep as Paul talked still longer; and being overcome by sleep, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead.
 But Paul went down and bent over him, and embracing him said, “Do not be alarmed, for his life is in him.”
 And when Paul had gone up and had broken bread and eaten, he conversed with them a long while, until daybreak, and so departed.
 And they took the lad away alive, and were not a little comforted.
 But going ahead to the ship, we set sail for Assos, intending to take Paul aboard there; for so he had arranged, intending himself to go by land.
 And when he met us at Assos, we took him on board and came to Mityle’ne.
 And sailing from there we came the following day opposite Chi’os; the next day we touched at Samos; and the day after that we came to Mile’tus.
 For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he might not have to spend time in Asia; for he was hastening to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the day of Pentecost.
I John 2:28-3:6
 And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming.
 If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that every one who does right is born of him.
 See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
 Beloved, we are God’s children now; it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
 And every one who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.
 Every one who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.
 You know that he appeared to take away sins, and in him there is no sin.
 No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him.
 As he passed by, he saw a man blind from his birth.
 And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
 Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be made manifest in him.
 We must work the works of him who sent me, while it is day; night comes, when no one can work.
 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
 As he said this, he spat on the ground and made clay of the spittle and anointed the man’s eyes with the clay,
 saying to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Silo’am” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.
 The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar, said, “Is not this the man who used to sit and beg?”
 Some said, “It is he”; others said, “No, but he is like him.” He said, “I am the man.”
 They said to him, “Then how were your eyes opened?”
 He answered, “The man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, `Go to Silo’am and wash’; so I went and washed and received my sight.”
 They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.”
 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind.
 Now it was a sabbath day when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes.
 The Pharisees again asked him how he had received his sight. And he said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.”
 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” There was a division among them.
 So they again said to the blind man, “What do you say about him, since he has opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.”
 The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight, until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight,
 and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?”
 His parents answered, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind;
 but how he now sees we do not know, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age, he will speak for himself.”
 His parents said this because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if any one should confess him to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue.
 Therefore his parents said, “He is of age, ask him.”
 So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and said to him, “Give God the praise; we know that this man is a sinner.”
 He answered, “Whether he is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I know, that though I was blind, now I see.”
 They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?”
 He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you too want to become his disciples?”
 And they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses.
 We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.”
 The man answered, “Why, this is a marvel! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes.
 We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if any one is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.
 Never since the world began has it been heard that any one opened the eyes of a man born blind.
 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”
 They answered him, “You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?” And they cast him out.
 Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, “Do you believe in the Son of man?”
 He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?”
 Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who speaks to you.”
 He said, “Lord, I believe”; and he worshiped him.
 And Jesus went on from there and passed along the Sea of Galilee. And he went up on the mountain, and sat down there.
 And great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the maimed, the blind, the dumb, and many others, and they put them at his feet, and he healed them,
 so that the throng wondered, when they saw the dumb speaking, the maimed whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.
 Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now three days, and have nothing to eat; and I am unwilling to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.”
 And the disciples said to him, “Where are we to get bread enough in the desert to feed so great a crowd?”
 And Jesus said to them, “How many loaves have you?” They said, “Seven, and a few small fish.”
 And commanding the crowd to sit down on the ground,
 he took the seven loaves and the fish, and having given thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.
 And they all ate and were satisfied; and they took up seven baskets full of the broken pieces left over.
 Those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children.
 And sending away the crowds, he got into the boat and went to the region of Mag’adan.
 And the Pharisees and Sad’ducees came, and to test him they asked him to show them a sign from heaven.
 He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, `It will be fair weather; for the sky is red.’
 And in the morning, `It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.
 An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” So he left them and departed.
 When the disciples reached the other side, they had forgotten to bring any bread.
 Jesus said to them, “Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sad’ducees.”
 And they discussed it among themselves, saying, “We brought no bread.”
 But Jesus, aware of this, said, “O men of little faith, why do you discuss among yourselves the fact that you have no bread?
 Do you not yet perceive? Do you not remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets you gathered?
 Or the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets you gathered?
 How is it that you fail to perceive that I did not speak about bread? Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sad’ducees.”
 Then they understood that he did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sad’ducees.
 And he sent them away; and immediately he got into the boat with his disciples, and went to the district of Dalmanu’tha.
 The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven, to test him.
 And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign shall be given to this generation.”
 And he left them, and getting into the boat again he departed to the other side.
 Now they had forgotten to bring bread; and they had only one loaf with them in the boat.
 And he cautioned them, saying, “Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.”
 And they discussed it with one another, saying, “We have no bread.”
 And being aware of it, Jesus said to them, “Why do you discuss the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened?
 Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember?
 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” They said to him, “Twelve.”
 “And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” And they said to him, “Seven.”
 And he said to them, “Do you not yet understand?”
 And they came to Beth-sa’ida. And some people brought to him a blind man, and begged him to touch him.
 And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the village; and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands upon him, he asked him, “Do you see anything?”
 And he looked up and said, “I see men; but they look like trees, walking.”
 Then again he laid his hands upon his eyes; and he looked intently and was restored, and saw everything clearly.
 And he sent him away to his home, saying, “Do not even enter the village.”
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