Third Sunday after Transfiguration,
Eve of the Fast of the Assumption of the Holy Mother of God
I Corinthians 13:11-14:5
 In the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, son of Uzzi’ah, king of Judah, Rezin the king of Syria and Pekah the son of Remali’ah the king of Israel came up to Jerusalem to wage war against it, but they could not conquer it.
 When the house of David was told, “Syria is in league with E’phraim,” his heart and the heart of his people shook as the trees of the forest shake before the wind.
 And the LORD said to Isaiah, “Go forth to meet Ahaz, you and She’ar-jash’ub your son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool on the highway to the Fuller’s Field,
 and say to him, `Take heed, be quiet, do not fear, and do not let your heart be faint because of these two smoldering stumps of firebrands, at the fierce anger of Rezin and Syria and the son of Remali’ah.
 Because Syria, with E’phraim and the son of Remali’ah, has devised evil against you, saying,
 “Let us go up against Judah and terrify it, and let us conquer it for ourselves, and set up the son of Ta’be-el as king in the midst of it,”
 thus says the Lord GOD: It shall not stand,
and it shall not come to pass.
 For the head of Syria is Damascus,
and the head of Damascus is Rezin.
(Within sixty-five years E’phraim will be broken to pieces so that it will no longer be a people.)
 And the head of E’phraim is Sama’ria,
and the head of Sama’ria is the son of Remali’ah.
If you will not believe,
surely you shall not be established.’”
I Corinthians 13:11-14:5
 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways.
 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood.
 So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
 Make love your aim, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.
 For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit.
 On the other hand, he who prophesies speaks to men for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation.
 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.
 Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. He who prophesies is greater than he who speaks in tongues, unless some one interprets, so that the church may be edified.
 And when he returned to Caper’na-um after some days, it was reported that he was at home.
 And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, not even about the door; and he was preaching the word to them.
 And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men.
 And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and when they had made an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic lay.
 And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “My son, your sins are forgiven.”
 Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts,
 “Why does this man speak thus? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
 And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question thus in your hearts?
 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, `Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, `Rise, take up your pallet and walk’?
 But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins” — he said to the paralytic —
 “I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home.”
 And he rose, and immediately took up the pallet and went out before them all; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”
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