Letter of James 1:1-11.
James, a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes in the dispersion, greetings. Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. And let perseverance be perfect, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
But if any
of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and he will be
given it. But he should ask in faith, not doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the
sea that is driven and tossed about by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will
receive anything from the Lord, since he is a man of two minds, unstable in all his ways.
The brother in lowly circumstances should take pride in his high standing, and the rich one in his lowliness, for he will pass away "like the flower of the field." For the sun comes up with its scorching heat and dries up the grass, its flower droops, and the beauty of its appearance vanishes. So will the rich person fade away in the midst of his pursuits.
Before I was afflicted I went astray,
but now I hold to your promise.
You are good and do what is good;
me your laws.
It was good for me to be afflicted,
in order to learn your laws.
Teaching from your lips is more precious to me
than heaps of silver and gold.
I know, LORD, that your edicts are just;
though you afflict me, you are faithful.
May your love comfort me
in accord with your promise to your servant.
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 8:11-13.
The Pharisees came forward and began to argue with Jesus, seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him. He sighed from the depth of his spirit and said, "Why does this generation seek a sign? Amen, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation." Then he left them, got into the boat again, and went off to the other shore.
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