Sunday 7th March 2021

Tone 6 - Eothinon 6

35th after Pentecost, 18th of Luke, Meatfare Sunday

Today we commemorate:
The Holy Seven Hieromartyrs of Cherson: Basil, Ephraim, Capito, Eugene, Aetherius, Elpidius and Agathodorus (4th C). St. Lavrentios of Megara, founder of the monastery of the Mother of God in Salamina (1770). St. Paul the Simple of Egypt, disciple of St. Anthony the Great (4th C). St. Ephraim of Antioch (6th C).
British Isles and Ireland:
St. Enodoc (c.520). St. Deifer, founder abbot of Bodfari (6th C). St. Eosterwine, abbot of Wearmouth (686).

Today's Readings:
1 Corinthians 8:8-9:2; Matthew 25:31-46

Readings in bold type are those appointed by the Typikon for use at the Liturgy

1 Corinthians 8:8-9:2
Food will not bring us to God, for if we eat we are none the better, and if we do not eat we are none the worse. But watch out that this privilege of yours does not become a stumbling block to the weak. For if someone sees you, who are knowledgeable, sitting down to eat in an idol’s temple, will his conscience, he being weak, not be emboldened to eat things sacrificed to idols? So through your knowledge the weak brother or sister for whom Christ died will be destroyed. In this way, sinning against the brothers and sisters and wounding their weak consciences, you sin against Christ. Therefore if food causes my brother or sister to stumble, I will never again eat meat – so that I do not cause my brother or sister to stumble. Am I not an Apostle? Am I not free? Have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord? If to others I am not an Apostle, at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my Apostleship in the Lord.

Matthew 25:31-46
The Lord said … “When the Son of Man comes in his glory and all the holy angels with him, then he shall sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations shall be gathered together before him and he will separate them one from another, just as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on his right hand side and the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, blessed ones of my Father, receive the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me a drink; I was a stranger and you took me in; naked and you clothed me; I was ill and you visited me; I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and offer a drink? And when did we see you a stranger and offer hospitality, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you ill or in prison, and come to you?’ Then the King will answer, telling them, ‘Truly I say to you, inasmuch as you did it for one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you did it for me.’ Then he will also speak to those on his left, ‘Go from me, cursed ones, to the everlasting fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry, and you did not feed me; I was thirsty, and you did not give me a drink; I was a stranger, and you did not take me in; naked, and you did not clothe me; ill, and in prison, and you did not visit me.’ Then they too will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it for one of the least of these, you did not do it for me.’ They will go away to eternal punishment; but the righteous to eternal life.”