Monday in Passion Week
Epistle • Jonas 3:1-10
Lesson from the Prophet Jonas.
[Pardon granted to the Ninivites, who, moved by the exhortations of Jonas, fasted and covered themselves with ashes for forty days.]
In those days the word of the Lord came to Jonas the second time, saying: Arise, and go to Ninive the great city: and preach in it the preaching that I bid thee. And Jonas arose and went to Ninive according to the word of the Lord. Now Ninive was a great city of three days journey. And Jonas began to enter into the city one days journey: and he cried, and said: Yet forty days, and Ninive shall be destroyed. And the men of Ninive believed in God and they proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth from the greatest to the least.
And the word came to the king of Ninive; and he rose up out of his throne, and cast away his robe from him, and was clothed with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he caused it to be proclaimed and published in Ninive from the mouth of the king and of his princes, saying: Let neither men nor beasts, oxen nor sheep, taste any thing: let them not feed nor drink water, and let man and beasts be covered with sackcloth, and cry to the Lord with all their strength, and let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the iniquity that is in their hands. Who can tell if God will turn and forgive; and will turn away from His fierce anger, and we shall not perish?
And God saw their works, that they were turned from their evil way; and the Lord our God had mercy upon His people.
Gospel • John 7:32-39
Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. John.
[Promises of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The Jews, far from listening to Him, sought to lay hands on Him.]
At that time the rulers and Pharisees sent ministers to apprehend Jesus. Jesus therefore said to them: Yet a little while I am with you: and then I go to Him that sent Me. You shall seek Me, and shall not find Me: and where I am, thither you cannot come. The Jews therefore said among themselves: Whither will He go, that we shall not find Him? Will He go unto the dispersed among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles? What is this saying that He hath said: You shall seek Me, and shall not find Me: and where I am, you cannot come?
And on the last and great day of the festivity, Jesus stood and cried, saying: If any man thirst, let him come to Me and drink. He that believeth in Me, as the Scripture saith, Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living waters. Now this He said of the Spirit which they should receive who believed in Him.