Letter of James 1:19-27.
Know this, my dear brothers: everyone should be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath,
for the wrath of a man does not accomplish the righteousness of God.
Therefore, put away all filth and evil excess and humbly welcome the word that has been planted
in you and is able to save your souls. Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding
yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at
his own face in a mirror. He sees himself, then goes off and promptly forgets what he looked
like. But the one who peers into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres, and is not a hearer
who forgets but a doer who acts, such a one shall be blessed in what he does.
If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, his religion is vain. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
Whoever walks without blame,
doing what is right, speaking truth from the heart;
Who does not slander a neighbor,
does no harm to another, never defames a friend;
Who disdains the wicked, but honors those who fear the LORD;
Who keeps an oath despite the cost, lends no money at interest,
accepts no bribe against the innocent.
Whoever acts like this shall never be shaken.
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 8:22-26.
When Jesus and his disciples arrived at Bethsaida, people brought to him a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. Putting spittle on his eyes he laid his hands on him and asked, "Do you see anything?" Looking up he replied, "I see people looking like trees and walking."
Then he laid hands on his eyes a second time and he saw clearly; his sight was restored and he could see everything distinctly. Then he sent him home and said, "Do not even go into the village."
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