"Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." John 6:68


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Saturday of the Fifth Week of the Resurrection

Letter to the Philippians 2,19-30.
I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I may be cheered by news of you.
I have no one like him who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare.
All of them are seeking their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.
But Timothy’s worth you know, how like a son with a father he has served with me in the work of the gospel.
I hope therefore to send him as soon as I see how things go with me;
and I trust in the Lord that I will also come soon.
Still, I think it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and co-worker and fellow-soldier, your messenger and minister to my need;
for he has been longing for all of you, and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill.
He was indeed so ill that he nearly died. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, so that I would not have one sorrow after another.
I am the more eager to send him, therefore, in order that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious.
Welcome him then in the Lord with all joy, and honour such people,
because he came close to death for the work of Christ, risking his life to make up for those services that you could not give me.

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 17,24-27.
When they reached Capernaum, the collectors of the temple tax came to Peter and said, ‘Does your teacher not pay the temple tax?’
He said, ‘Yes, he does.’ And when he came home, Jesus spoke of it first, asking, ‘What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or tribute? From their children or from others?’
When Peter said, ‘From others’, Jesus said to him, ‘Then the children are free.
However, so that we do not give offence to them, go to the lake and cast a hook; take the first fish that comes up; and when you open its mouth, you will find a coin; take that and give it to them for you and me.’

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.  Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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