Sunday Epistle reading:
BROTHERS and SISTERS, you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord. This is my defense to those who question me: Do we not have the right to our food and drink? Do we not have the right to be accompanied by a wife, as do the other apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Kephas? Or is it only Barnabas and I who have to work for a living? What soldier ever serves at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat any of its fruit? Or who tends a flock and does not get any of its milk? Do I say this on human authority? Does not the Law also say the same? For it is written in the Law of Moses, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain” (Deuteronomy 25:4). Is it oxen God is concerned about? Or does He not speak entirely for our benefit? It was indeed written for our sake, for whoever plows should plow in hope, and whoever threshes in hope should have a share in their hope. If we have sown spiritual things to you, is it too much if we reap your material benefits? If others share this rightful claim on you, should we not even more? Nevertheless, we have not made use of this right, but we endure all things, so that we may cause no hindrance to the Gospel of Christ.
And for the Dormition:
BROTHERS and SISTERS, let the following be in your mind, which was also in the mind of Christ Jesus. He Who being in the form of God did not consider equality with God as something to be seized. Instead, He emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave, being made in the likeness of human beings. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on the Cross. Therefore, God highly exalted Him and gave Him the Name that is above every name, so that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth. And every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Saint John Chrysostom talks about reaping material benefits for sowing spiritual things,
"Are you not my work in the Lord?" Upon this it follows that if from no other quarter, yet from you I have a right to receive. Nevertheless, from whom I had most right to receive, from you whose teacher I was, from those I did not receive.
The Whole Counsel of God Bible study: