Ember Friday in June
Epistle • Joel 2:23, 24, 26, 27
Lesson from the Prophet Joel.
[The Church asks of God His blessings on the fruits of the earth; emblematic of the wealth of spiritual blessings which the Holy Ghost lavishes on our souls.]
Thus saith the Lord God: O children of Sion, rejoice and be joyful in the Lord your God: because He hath given you a teacher of justice, and He will make the early and the latter rain to come down to you, as in the beginning. And the floors shall be filled with wheat, and the presses shall overflow with wine and oil. And you shall eat in plenty and shall be filled: and you shall praise the Name of the Lord your God, Who hath done wonders with you: and My people shall not be confounded for ever. And you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: and I am the Lord your God, and there is none besides: and My people shall not be confounded for ever: saith the Lord almighty.
Gospel • Luke 5:17-26
Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Luke.
[Jesus worked wonders by the power of the Holy Ghost: healing of the man with the palsy; He remitted the sins of this sick man at the same time that He restored him to health.]
At that time, it came to pass on a certain day that Jesus sat teaching. And there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, that were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was to heal them. And behold men brought in a bed a man who had the palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before Him. And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went up upon the roof, and let him down through the tiles with his bed into the midst before Jesus. Whose faith when He saw, He said: Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.
And the scribes and Pharisees began to think, saying: Who is this who speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone? And when Jesus knew their thoughts, answering He said to them: What is it you think in your hearts? Which is easier to say: Thy sins are forgiven thee, or to say: Arise and walk? But that you may know that the Son of God hath power on earth to forgive sins (He saith to the sick of the palsy): I say to thee, arise, take up thy bed, and go into thy house. And immediately rising up before them, he took up the bed on which he lay, and he went away to his own house, glorifying God. And all were astonished, and they glorified God. And they were filled with fear, saying: We have seen wonderful things today.