September 8, 2022

Feast of the Birth of the Holy Mother of God,
Fourth Day of the Fast of the Holy Cross

Proverbs 31:29-31
Isaiah 61:9
Galatians 3:24-29
Matthew 1:1-17
II Corinthians 9:10-10:6
Mark 9:14-27


Proverbs 31:29-31
[29] “Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
[30] Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
[31] Give her of the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates.

Isaiah 61:9
[9] Their descendants shall be known among the nations,
and their offspring in the midst of the peoples;
all who see them shall acknowledge them,
that they are a people whom the LORD has blessed.

Galatians 3:24-29
[24] So that the law was our custodian until Christ came, that we might be justified by faith.
[25] But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a custodian;
[26] for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.
[27] For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
[28] There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
[29] And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.

Matthew 1:1-17
[1] The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
[2] Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
[3] and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram,
[4] and Ram the father of Ammin’adab, and Ammin’adab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon,
[5] and Salmon the father of Bo’az by Rahab, and Bo’az the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse,
[6] and Jesse the father of David the king.
And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uri’ah,
[7] and Solomon the father of Rehobo’am, and Rehobo’am the father of Abi’jah, and Abi’jah the father of Asa,
[8] and Asa the father of Jehosh’aphat, and Jehosh’aphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzzi’ah,
[9] and Uzzi’ah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezeki’ah,
[10] and Hezeki’ah the father of Manas’seh, and Manas’seh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josi’ah,
[11] and Josi’ah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.
[12] And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoni’ah was the father of She-al’ti-el, and She-al’ti-el the father of Zerub’babel,
[13] and Zerub’babel the father of Abi’ud, and Abi’ud the father of Eli’akim, and Eli’akim the father of Azor,
[14] and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eli’ud,
[15] and Eli’ud the father of Elea’zar, and Elea’zar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob,
[16] and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.
[17] So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.

II Corinthians 9:10-10:6
[10] He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your resources and increase the harvest of your righteousness.
[11] You will be enriched in every way for great generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God;
[12] for the rendering of this service not only supplies the wants of the saints but also overflows in many thanksgivings to God.
[13] Under the test of this service, you will glorify God by your obedience in acknowledging the gospel of Christ, and by the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others;
[14] while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God in you.
[15] Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!

Chapter 10
[1] I, Paul, myself entreat you, by the meekness and gentleness of Christ — I who am humble when face to face with you, but bold to you when I am away! —
[2] I beg of you that when I am present I may not have to show boldness with such confidence as I count on showing against some who suspect us of acting in worldly fashion.
[3] For though we live in the world we are not carrying on a worldly war,
[4] for the weapons of our warfare are not worldly but have divine power to destroy strongholds.
[5] We destroy arguments and every proud obstacle to the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
[6] being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.

Mark 9:14-27
[14] And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd about them, and scribes arguing with them.
[15] And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed, and ran up to him and greeted him.
[16] And he asked them, “What are you discussing with them?”
[17] And one of the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit;
[18] and wherever it seizes him, it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.”
[19] And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.”
[20] And they brought the boy to him; and when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth.
[21] And Jesus asked his father, “How long has he had this?” And he said, “From childhood.
[22] And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us.”
[23] And Jesus said to him, “If you can! All things are possible to him who believes.”
[24] Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
[25] And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again.”
[26] And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, “He is dead.”
[27] But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.

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