May 23, 2012, Reading

The Acts of the Apostles   20: 28-38

20:28 Take care of yourselves and of the entire flock, over which the Holy Spirit has stationed you as Bishops to rule the Church of God, which he has purchased by his own blood.
20:29 I know that after my departure ravenous wolves will enter among you, not sparing the flock.
20:30 And from among yourselves, men will rise up, speaking perverse things in order to entice disciples after them.
20:31 Because of this, be vigilant, retaining in memory that throughout three years I did not cease, night and day, with tears, to admonish each and every one of you.
20:32 And now, I commend you to God and to the Word of his grace. He has the power to build up, and to give an inheritance to all who are sanctified.
20:33 I have coveted neither silver and gold, nor apparel,
20:34 as you yourselves know. For that which was needed by me and by those who are with me, these hands have provided.
20:35 I have revealed all things to you, because by laboring in this way, it is necessary to support the weak and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”
20:36 And when he had said these things, kneeling down, he prayed with all of them.
20:37 Then a great weeping occurred among them all. And, falling upon the neck of Paul, they kissed him,
20:38 being grieved most of all over the word which he had said, that they would never see his face again. And they brought him to the ship.


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