April 3, 2014


The Book of Exodus   32: 7-14

32:7 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Go, descend. Your people, whom you led away from the land of Egypt, have sinned.
32:8 They have quickly withdrawn from the way which you revealed to them. And they have made for themselves a molten calf, and they have worshiped it. And immolating victims to it, they have said: ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who led you away from the land of Egypt.’ ”
32:9 And again, the Lord said to Moses: “I discern that this people is stiff-necked.
32:10 Release me, so that my fury may be enraged against them, and I may destroy them, and then I will make of you a great nation.”
32:11 Then Moses prayed to the Lord his God, saying: “Why, O Lord, is your fury enraged against your people, whom you led away from the land of Egypt, with great strength and with a mighty hand?
32:12 I beg you, let not the Egyptians say, ‘He cleverly led them away, so that he could put them to death in the mountains and destroy them from the earth.’ Let your anger be quieted and appeased concerning the wickedness of your people.
32:13 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, to whom you swore by your very self, saying: ‘I will multiply your offspring like the stars of heaven. And this entire land, about which I have spoken, I will give to your offspring. And you shall possess it forever.’ ”
32:14 And the Lord was appeased from doing the evil which he had spoken against his people.


The Holy Gospel According to John   5: 31-47

5:31 If I offer testimony about myself, my testimony is not true.
5:32 There is another who offers testimony about me, and I know that the testimony which he offers about me is true.
5:33 You sent to John, and he offered testimony to the truth.
5:34 But I do not accept testimony from man. Instead, I say these things, so that you may be saved.
5:35 He was a burning and shining light. So you were willing, at the time, to exult in his light.
5:36 But I hold a greater testimony than that of John. For the works which the Father has given to me, so that I may complete them, these works themselves that I do, offer testimony about me: that the Father has sent me.
5:37 And the Father who has sent me has himself offered testimony about me. And you have never heard his voice, nor have you beheld his appearance.
5:38 And you do not have his word abiding in you. For the one whom he sent, the same you would not believe.
5:39 Study the Scriptures. For you think that in them you have eternal life. And yet they also offer testimony about me.
5:40 And you are not willing to come to me, so that you may have life.
5:41 I do not accept glory from men.
5:42 But I know you, that you do not have the love of God within you.
5:43 I have come in the name of my Father, and you do not accept me. If another will arrive in his own name, him you will accept.
5:44 How are you able to believe, you who accept glory from one another and yet do not seek the glory that is from God alone?
5:45 Do not consider that I might accuse you with the Father. There is one who accuses you, Moses, in whom you hope.
5:46 For if you were believing in Moses, perhaps you would believe in me also. For he wrote about me.
5:47 But if you do not believe by his writings, how will you believe by my words?”




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