June 2nd, 2018

Saturday of Trinity Sunday

First Reading: Eccl. 10:1-20

 1 Dead flies putrefy[a] the perfumer’s ointment,
      And cause it to give off a foul odor;
      So does a little folly to one respected for wisdom and honor.
       2 A wise man’s heart is at his right hand,
      But a fool’s heart at his left.
       3 Even when a fool walks along the way,
      He lacks wisdom,
      And he shows everyone that he is a fool.
       4 If the spirit of the ruler rises against you,
      Do not leave your post;
      For conciliation pacifies great offenses.
       5 There is an evil I have seen under the sun,
      As an error proceeding from the ruler:
       6 Folly is set in great dignity,
      While the rich sit in a lowly place.
       7 I have seen servants on horses,
      While princes walk on the ground like servants.
       8 He who digs a pit will fall into it,
      And whoever breaks through a wall will be bitten by a serpent.
       9 He who quarries stones may be hurt by them,
      And he who splits wood may be endangered by it.
       10 If the ax is dull,
      And one does not sharpen the edge,
      Then he must use more strength;
      But wisdom brings success.
       11 A serpent may bite when it is not charmed;
      The babbler is no different.
       12 The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious,
      But the lips of a fool shall swallow him up;
       13 The words of his mouth begin with foolishness,
      And the end of his talk is raving madness.
       14 A fool also multiplies words.
      No man knows what is to be;
      Who can tell him what will be after him?
       15 The labor of fools wearies them,
      For they do not even know how to go to the city!
       16 Woe to you, O land, when your king is a child,
      And your princes feast in the morning!
       17 Blessed are you, O land, when your king is the son of nobles,
      And your princes feast at the proper time—
      For strength and not for drunkenness!
       18 Because of laziness the building decays,
      And through idleness of hands the house leaks.
       19 A feast is made for laughter,
      And wine makes merry;
      But money answers everything.
       20 Do not curse the king, even in your thought;
      Do not curse the rich, even in your bedroom;
      For a bird of the air may carry your voice,
      And a bird in flight may tell the matter.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Second Reading: John 10:1-21

Jesus the True Shepherd

 1 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6 Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them.

Jesus the Good Shepherd

    7 Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who ever came before Me[a] are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. 11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. 12 But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. 13 The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. 15 As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. 16 And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd. 17 “Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. 18 No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.” 19 Therefore there was a division again among the Jews because of these sayings. 20 And many of them said, “He has a demon and is mad. Why do you listen to Him?” 21 Others said, “These are not the words of one who has a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.


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