Epistle Reading: Ephesians 5:25-33
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the
church and gave Himself for it,
that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of
water by the word,
that He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not
having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that it should be holy and
So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own
bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.
For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and
cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.
For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His
"For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother
and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh."
This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and
Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his
own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
Gospel Reading: Luke 4:1-15
Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the
Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,
being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He
ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.
And the devil said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, command
this stone to become bread."
But Jesus answered him, saying, "It is written, 'Man shall not
live by bread alone, but by every word of God.' "
Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all
the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
And the devil said to Him, "All this authority I will give You,
and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to
whomever I wish.
"Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours."
And Jesus answered and said to him, "Get behind Me, Satan! For
it is written, 'You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall
Then he brought Him to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the
temple, and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down
"For it is written: 'He shall give His angels charge over You,
to keep You,'
"and, 'In their hands they shall bear You up, lest You dash
Your foot against a stone.' "
And Jesus answered and said to him, "It has been said, 'You
shall not tempt the LORD your God.' "
Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from
Him until an opportune time.
Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and
news of Him went out through all the surrounding region.
And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.
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