June 12th, 2018

The Ecumenical Council of Nicaea, A.D. 325

First Reading: Prov. 10:1-23

Proverbs of Solomon

 1 The proverbs of Solomon:
       A wise son brings joy to his father,
       but a foolish son grief to his mother.

 2 Ill-gotten treasures are of no value,
       but righteousness delivers from death.

 3 The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry
       but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.

 4 Lazy hands make a man poor,
       but diligent hands bring wealth.

 5 He who gathers crops in summer is a wise son,
       but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.

 6 Blessings crown the head of the righteous,
       but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked. [a]

 7 The memory of the righteous will be a blessing,
       but the name of the wicked will rot.

 8 The wise in heart accept commands,
       but a chattering fool comes to ruin.

 9 The man of integrity walks securely,
       but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.

 10 He who winks maliciously causes grief,
       and a chattering fool comes to ruin.

 11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
       but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.

 12 Hatred stirs up dissension,
       but love covers over all wrongs.

 13 Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning,
       but a rod is for the back of him who lacks judgment.

 14 Wise men store up knowledge,
       but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.

 15 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city,
       but poverty is the ruin of the poor.

 16 The wages of the righteous bring them life,
       but the income of the wicked brings them punishment.

 17 He who heeds discipline shows the way to life,
       but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.

 18 He who conceals his hatred has lying lips,
       and whoever spreads slander is a fool.

 19 When words are many, sin is not absent,
       but he who holds his tongue is wise.

 20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver,
       but the heart of the wicked is of little value.

 21 The lips of the righteous nourish many,
       but fools die for lack of judgment.

 22 The blessing of the LORD brings wealth,
       and he adds no trouble to it.

 23 A fool finds pleasure in evil conduct,
       but a man of understanding delights in wisdom.

Footnotes:Proverbs 10:6 Or but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence ; also in verse 11

Second Reading: John 14:1-17

Jesus Comforts His Disciples

 1"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God[a]; trust also in me. 2In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4You know the way to the place where I am going."

Jesus the Way to the Father

 5Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?"

 6Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you really knew me, you would know[b] my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him."

 8Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us."

 9Jesus answered: "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? 10Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. 12I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit

 15"If you love me, you will obey what I command. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— 17the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[c] in you.

Footnotes:John 14:1 Or You trust in God John 14:7 Some early manuscripts If you really have known me, you will know John 14:17 Some early manuscripts and is


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