- Readings: Fourth Sunday of Sanctification of the Church
Quote of the Week
for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers
4th Sunday of Sanctification the Church
26 November 2017
1st Reading/ 1Kings 6: 11- 19
A reading from the first Book of Kings “Barick-Mar”
And the word of Yahweh came to Solomon, ‘With regard to this temple which you are now building, if you follow my statutes and obey my ordinances and faithfully follow my commandments, I shall fulfil the promise which I made about you to your father David. And I shall make my home among the Israelites and never forsake Israel my people.’ Solomon finished building the Temple. He lined the inside of the Temple walls with panels of cedar wood paneling them on the inside from the floor of the Temple to the beams of the ceiling and laid the floor of the Temple with juniper planks. The twenty cubits measured from the end of the Temple he built of cedar planks from the floor to the beams, and this part was reserved as the Debir, the Holy of Holies. The Temple measured forty cubits the Hekal in front of the Debir. There was cedar wood round the inside of the Temple, ornamentally carved with gourds and rosettes; all was cedarwood, with no stone showing. In the inner part of the Temple he designed a Debir, to contain the ark of the covenant of Yahweh. Amen.
2nd Reading / Heb 9: 24- 28
A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to Hebrews: “Barick-Mar”
It is not as though Christ had entered a manmade sanctuary which was merely a model of the real one; he entered heaven itself, so that he now appears in the presence of God on our behalf. And he does not have to offer himself again and again, as the high priest goes into the sanctuary year after year with the blood that is not his own, or else he would have had to suffer over and over again since the world began. As it is, he has made his appearance once and for all, at the end of the last age, to do away with sin by sacrificing himself. Since human beings die only once, after which comes judgement, so Christ too, having offered himself only once to bear the sin of many, will manifest himself a second time, sin being no more, to those who are waiting for him, to bring them salvation.
The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.
Gospel Reading/ Mt 22: 41- 23: 7
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to St Matthew.
While the Pharisees were gathered round, Jesus put to them this question, ‘What is your opinion about the Christ? Whose son, is he?’ They told him, ‘David’s.’ He said to them, ‘Then how is it that David, moved by the Spirit, calls him Lord, where he says: The Lord declared to my Lord, take your seat at my right hand, till I have made your enemies your footstool? ‘If David calls him Lord, how then can he be his son?’ No one could think of anything to say in reply, and from that day no one dared to ask him any further questions. hen addressing the crowds and his disciples Jesus said, ‘The scribes and the Pharisees occupy the chair of Moses. You must therefore do and observe what they tell you; but do not be guided by what they do, since they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on people’s shoulders, but will they lift a finger to move them? Not they! Everything they do is done to attract attention, like wearing broader headbands and longer tassels, like wanting to take the place of honor at banquets and the front seats in the synagogues, being greeted respectfully in the market squares and having people call them Rabbi.
Glory be to God for ever...P: Glory be to Christ Our Lord.