Readings for the Feast of the St. Clement of Rome

AD cf. 100
Feast Day: November 23

2 Timothy 2:1-7
Psalm 78:3-7 or Psalm 85:8-13
Luke 6:37-45

2 Timothy 2:1-7

You then, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus; and what you have heard from me through many witnesses entrust to faithful people who will be able to teach others as well. Share in suffering like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving in the army gets entangled in everyday affairs; the soldier’s aim is to please the enlisting officer. And in the case of an athlete, no one is crowned without competing according to the rules. It is the farmer who does the work who ought to have the first share of the crops. Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in all things.

That which we have heard and known,
and what our forefathers have told us, *
     we will not hide from their children.
We will recount to generations to come
the praiseworthy deeds and the power of the LORD, *
     and the wonderful works he has done.
He gave his decrees to Jacob
and established a law for Israel, *
     which he commanded them to teach their children;
That the generations to come might know,
and the children yet unborn; *
     that they in their turn might tell it to their children;
So that they might put their trust in God, *
     and not forget the deeds of God,
     but keep his commandments.
I will listen to what the LORD God is saying, *
     for he is speaking peace to his faithful people
     and to those who turn their hearts to him.
Truly, his salvation is very near to those who fear him, *
     that his glory may dwell in our land.
Mercy and truth have met together; *
     righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
Truth shall spring up from the earth, *
     and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
The LORD will indeed grant prosperity, *
     and our land will yield its increase.
Righteousness shall go before him, *
     and peace shall be a pathway for his feet.

Luke 6:37-45

‘Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.’

He also told them a parable: ‘Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit? A disciple is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully qualified will be like the teacher. Why do you see the speck in your neighbour’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbour, “Friend, let me take out the speck in your eye”, when you yourself do not see the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbour’s eye.

‘No good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit; for each tree is known by its own fruit. Figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of the heart produces good, and the evil person out of evil treasure produces evil; for it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks.

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