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Readings: Third Sunday of Lent

Quote of the Week

“Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

 

3rd Sunday of the Lent.

25 February 2018

 

First Reading/ Josh 5: 13 – 6: 5

Listen to the Book of Joshua: Barikh-Mar.

Listen to the Book of Joshua: Barikh-Mar. Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him, grasping a naked sword. Joshua walked towards him and said to him, ‘Are you on our side or on that of our enemies?’ He replied, ‘On neither side. I have come now as the captain of the army of Yahweh.’ Joshua fell on his face to the ground, worshipping him, and said, ‘What has my Lord to say to his servant?’ The captain of the army of Yahweh answered Joshua, ‘Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.’ And Joshua did so. Now, Jericho had shut and barricaded its gates (against the Israelites): no one came out and no one went in. Yahweh then said to Joshua, ‘Look, I am putting Jericho, its picked troops and its king, at your mercy. All you warriors must march around the city (go right around the city once, doing the same on six successive days. Seven priests must carry seven ram’s-horn trumpets in front of the ark. On the seventh day, you will go seven times around the city and the priests will blow their trumpets). When the ram’s horn sounds (when you hear the sound of the trumpet), the entire people must utter a mighty war cry and the city wall will collapse then and there; the people will then go into the assault, each man straight ahead.’ Amen.

 

Second Reading/ Rom 7: 14- 25

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans: Barikh-Mar.

We are well aware that the Law is spiritual: but I am a creature of flesh and blood sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand my own behaviour; I do not act as I mean to, but I do things that I hate. While I am acting as I do not want to, I still acknowledge the Law as good, so it is not myself acting, but the sin which lives in me. And really, I know of nothing good living in me — in my natural self, that is — for though the will to do what is good is in me, the power to do it is not: the good thing I want to do, I never do; the evil thing which I do not want — that is what I do. But every time I do what I do not want to, then it is not myself acting, but the sin that lives in me. So, I find this rule: that for me, where I want to do nothing but good, evil is close at my side. In my inmost self I dearly love God’s law, but I see that acting on my body there is a different law which battles against the law in my mind. So, I am brought to be a prisoner of that law of sin which lives inside my body. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body doomed to death? God — thanks be to him — through Jesus Christ our Lord. So, it is that I myself with my mind obey the law of God, but in my disordered nature I obey the law of sin.

The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.

 

Third Reading/ Gospel Mt 20: 20- 28  

A reading from the Gospel of Saint Matthew.

Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came with her sons to make a request of him, and bowed low; and he said to her, ‘What is it you want?’ She said to him, ‘Promise that these two sons of mine may sit one at your right hand and the other at your left in your kingdom.’ Jesus answered, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink?’ They replied, ‘We can.’ He said to them, ‘Very well; you shall drink my cup, but as for seats at my right hand and my left, these are not mine to grant; they belong to those to whom they have been allotted by my Father.’ When the other ten heard this, they were indignant with the two brothers.  But Jesus called them to him and said, ‘You know that among the gentiles the rulers lord it over them, and great men make their authority felt. Among you this is not to happen. No; anyone who wants to become great among you must be your servant, and anyone who wants to be first among you must be your slave, just as the Son of man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’

P: Glory be to God forever … All: Glory be to the Christ Our Lord

Readings: Second Sunday of Lent

Quote of the Week

Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

 

2nd Sunday of the Lent.

 18th of February 2018

 

First Reading/ Josh 4: 15-24

Listen to the Book of Joshua: Barikh-Mar.

Yahweh said to Joshua, Order the priests carrying the ark of the Testimony to come up out of the Jordan.  And Joshua gave the order to the priests, Come up, out of the Jordan! Now, when the priests carrying the ark of the covenant of Yahweh came up out of mid-Jordan, no sooner had the soles of the priests’ feet touched solid ground, then the waters of the Jordan returned to their bed and ran on, in spate as before. It was the tenth day of the first month when the people came up from the Jordan and made their camp at Gilgal, on the eastern border of Jericho. As regards those twelve stones, which they had taken from the Jordan, Joshua set them up at Gilgal. He then said to the Israelites, ‘When, in the future, your children ask their fathers, “What are these stones?” you will explain to your children, “Israel crossed this Jordan dry-shod. For Yahweh your God dried up the waters of the Jordan in front of you until you had crossed, just as Yahweh your God did to the Sea of Reeds, which he dried up before us until we had crossed it; so that all the peoples of the earth may know how mighty the hand of Yahweh is, and always stand in awe of Yahweh your God.” ……Amen.

 

Second Reading/ Rom 6: 1-8

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans: Barikh-Mar.

What should we say then? Should we remain in sin so that grace may be given the more fully? Out of the question! We have died to sin; how could we go on living in it? You cannot have forgotten that all of us, when we were baptised into Christ Jesus, were baptised into his death. So, by our baptism into his death we were buried with him, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the Father’s glorious power, we too should begin living a new life. If we have been joined to him by dying a death like his, so we shall be by a resurrection like his; realising that our former self was crucified with him, so that the self which belonged to sin should be destroyed and we should be freed from the slavery of sin. Someone who has died, of course, no longer has to answer for sin. But we believe that, if we died with Christ, then we shall live with him too

The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.

 

Third Reading/ Mt 7: 15- 21

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew.

Beware of false prophets who come to you disguised as sheep but underneath are ravenous wolves. You will be able to tell them by their fruits. Can people pick grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? In the same way, a sound tree produces good fruit but a rotten tree bad fruit. A sound tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor a rotten tree bear good fruit. Any tree that does not produce good fruit is cut down and thrown on the fire. I repeat, you will be able to tell them by their fruits. ‘It is not anyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” who will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but the person who does the will of my Father in heaven.

P: Glory be to God for ever…All: Glory be to the Christ Our Lord

Readings: 1st Sunday of Lent.

Quote of the Week

Human beings live not on bread alone but on every word, that comes from the mouth of God

 

1st Sunday of the Lent.

11 February 2018

 

1st Reading/ Isaiah 58: 1, 6-9       

Listen to the Prophecy of Isaiah: Barikh-Mar.

Shout for all you are worth, do not hold back, raise your voice like a trumpet. To my people proclaim their rebellious acts, to the House of Jacob, their sins. Is not this the sort of fast that pleases me: to break unjust fetters, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break all yokes? Is it not sharing your food with the hungry, and sheltering the homeless poor; if you see someone lacking clothes, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own kin? Then your light will blaze out like the dawn and your wound be quickly healed over. Saving justice will go ahead of you and Yahweh’s glory come behind you. Then you will cry for help and Yahweh will answer; you will call and he will say, ‘I am here.’ If you do away with the yoke, the clenched fist and malicious words…. Amen

 

2nd Reading/ Ephesians 4: 17- 24

 A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to Ephesians: Barikh-Mar.

So, this I say to you and attest to you in the Lord, do not go on living the empty-headed life that the gentiles live. Intellectually they are in the dark, and they are estranged from the life of God, because of the ignorance which is the consequence of closed minds. Their sense of right and wrong once dulled, they have abandoned all self-control and pursue to excess every kind of uncleanness. Now that is hardly the way you have learnt Christ, unless you failed to hear him properly when you were taught what the truth is in Jesus. You were to put aside your old self, which belongs to your old way of life and is corrupted by following illusory desires. Your mind was to be renewed in spirit so that you could put on the New Man that has been created on God’s principles, in the uprightness and holiness of the truth.

The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.

 

3rd Reading/ Matthew 4: 1-11

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew.

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit out into the desert to be put to the test by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, after which he was hungry, and the tester came and said to him, ‘If you are Son of God, tell these stones to turn into loaves.’ But he replied, ‘Scripture says: Human beings live not on bread alone but on every word, that comes from the mouth of God.’ The devil then took him to the holy city and set him on the parapet of the Temple. ‘If you are Son of God,’ he said, ‘throw yourself down; for scripture says: He has given his angels orders about you, and they will carry you in their arms in case you trip over a stone.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Scripture also says: Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ Next, taking him to a very high mountain, the devil showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour. And he said to him, ‘I will give you all these, if you fall at my feet and do me homage.’ Then Jesus replied, ‘Away with you, Satan! For scripture says: The Lord your God is the one to whom you must do homage, him alone you must serve.’ Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels appeared and looked after him.

P: Glory be to God for ever… all: Glory be to the Christ Our Lord

Readings: The Commemoration of St. Steven the Martyrs.

Quote of the Week

“Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.”

Readings:

St Stephen Feast

28 January 2018

 

1st Reading / Acts 6: 8– 15 

A reading from the Book of Acts: Barikh-Mar.

Then Stephen, filled with grace and fortitude, wrought great signs and miracles among the people. But certain ones, from the synagogue of the so-called Libertines, and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of those who were from Cilicia and Asia rose up and were disputing with Stephen. But they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking. Then they suborned men who were to claim that they had heard him speaking words of blasphemy against Moses and against God. And thus did they stir up the people and the elders and the scribes. And hurrying together, they seized him and brought him to the council. And they set up false witnesses, who said: “This man does not cease to speak words against the holy place and the law. For we have heard him saying that this Jesus the Nazarene will destroy this place and will change the traditions, which Moses handed down to us.” And all those who were sitting in the council, gazing at him, saw his face, as if it had become the face of an Angel……………Amen.

 

2nd Reading / 2 Corinthians 3: 18– 4: 6

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to Corinthians: Barikh-Mar.

Yet truly, all of us, as we gaze upon the unveiled glory of the face of the Lord, are transfigured into the same image, from one glory to another. And this is done by the Spirit of the Lord. Therefore, since we have this ministry, and in as much as we have obtained mercy for ourselves, we are not inadequate. For we renounce dishonourable and hidden acts, not walking by craftiness, nor by adulterating the Word of God. Instead, by the manifestation of truth, we commend ourselves to the conscience of each man before God. But if our Gospel is in some way hidden, it is hidden to those who are perishing. As for them, the god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, would not shine in them. For we are not preaching about ourselves, but about Jesus Christ our Lord. We are merely your servants through Jesus. For God, who told the light to shine out of darkness, has shined a light into our hearts, to illuminate the knowledge of the splendour of God, in the person of Christ Jesus……… The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.

 

Gospel Reading/ Matthew11: 20– 30

A reading from the Gospel of Saint Matthew:

Then he began to rebuke the cities in which many of his miracles were accomplished, for they still had not repented. Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in haircloth and ashes. Yet truly, I say to you, Tyre and Sidon shall be forgiven more than you, on the day of judgment. And you, Capernaum, would you be exalted all the way to heaven? You shall descend all the way to Hell. For if the miracles that were done in you had been done in Sodom, perhaps it would have remained, even to this day. Yet truly, I say to you, that the land of Sodom shall be forgiven more than you, on the day of judgment.” At that time, Jesus responded and said: “I acknowledge you, Father, Lord of Heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the prudent, and have revealed them to little ones. Yes, Father, for this was pleasing before you. All things have been delivered to me by my Father. And no one knows the Son except the Father, nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and those to whom the Son is willing to reveal him. Come to me, all you who labor and have been burdened, and I will refresh you. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For my yoke is sweet and my burden is light.”

Priest: Glory be to God forever … People: Glory be to the Christ Our Lord

Readings: Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany

Quote of the Week

“Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.”

 

Readings:

7th Sunday after the Epiphany. (Dinha)

4th of February 2018

 

1st Reading / Isa 42: 5- 8

A reading from the Prophet Isaiah: Barikh-Mar.

Thus, says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and its produce, who gives breath to its people and spirit to those who walk on it: I, the LORD, have called you for justice, I have grasped you by the hand; I formed you, and set you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, To open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from confinement, and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness. I am the LORD, LORD is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to idols. Amen.

 

2nd Reading/ 1Tim 6: 9- 16

A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Timothy: Barikh-Mar.

People who long to be rich are a prey to trial; they get trapped into all sorts of foolish and harmful ambitions which plunge people into ruin and destruction. ‘The love of money is the root of all evils’ and there are some who, pursuing it, have wandered away from the faith and so given their souls any number of fatal wounds. But, as someone dedicated to God, avoid all that. You must aim to be upright and religious, filled with faith and love, perseverance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith and win the eternal life to which you were called and for which you made your noble profession of faith before many witnesses. Now, before God, the source of all life, and before Jesus Christ, who witnessed to his noble profession of faith before Pontius Pilate, I charge you to do all that you have been told, with no faults or failures, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,  who at the due time will be revealed by God, the blessed and only Ruler of all, the King of kings and the Lord of lords,  who alone is immortal, whose home is in inaccessible light, whom no human being has seen or is able to see: to him be honour and everlasting power. Amen.

The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.

 

Gospel Reading/ Mt 7: 28- 8: 4

A reading from the Holy Gospel According to Saint Matthew.

When Jesus finished these words, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes. When Jesus came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. And then a leper approached, did him homage, and said, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.” He stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I will do it. Be made clean.” His leprosy was cleansed immediately. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one, but go show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses prescribed that will be proof for them.”

P: Glory be to God forever… PP: Glory be to the Christ Our Lord

Readings: Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

Quote of the Week

He must increase; I must decrease.”

 

Readings:

6th Sunday after the Epiphany.

28 January 2018

 

1st Reading / Isa 63: 7- 16

A reading from the Book of prophet Isaiah: Barikh-Mar.

The loving deeds of the LORD I will recall, the glorious acts of the LORD, Because of all the LORD has done for us, the immense goodness to the house of Israel, which he has granted according to his mercy and his many loving deeds. He said: “They are indeed my people, children who are not disloyal.” So, he became their saviour in their every affliction. It was not an envoy or a messenger, but his presence that saved them. Because of his love and pity the LORD redeemed them, lifting them up and carrying them all the days of old. But they rebelled and grieved his holy spirit; So, he turned to become their enemy, and warred against them. Then they remembered the days of old, of Moses, his servant: Where is the one who brought up out of the sea the shepherd of his flock? Where is the one who placed in their midst his holy spirit, who guided Moses by the hand, with his glorious arm? Where is the one who divided the waters before them winning for himself an everlasting renown Who guided them through the depths, like horses in open country? As cattle going down into the valley, they did not stumble. The spirit of the LORD guided them. Thus, you led your people, to make for yourself a glorious name. Look down from heaven and regard us from your holy and glorious palace! Where is your zealous care and your might? your surge of pity? Your mercy hold not back! For you are our father. Were Abraham not to know us, nor Israel to acknowledge us, You, LORD, are our father, our redeemer you are named from of old.  Amen.

 

2nd Reading / Heb 8: 1- 7

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to Hebrews: Barikh-Mar.

The main point of what has been said is this: we have such a high priest, who has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle that the Lord, not man, set up. Now every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices; thus, the necessity for this one also to have something to offer. If then he was on earth, he would not be a priest, since there are those who offer gifts according to the law. They worship in a copy and shadow of the heavenly sanctuary, as Moses was warned when he was about to erect the tabernacle. For he says, “See that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.” Now he has obtained so much more excellent a ministry as he is mediator of a better covenant, enacted on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, no place would have been sought for a second one.

The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.

 

3rd Reading/ Jn 3: 22- 32

A reading from the Gospel of Saint John:

After this, Jesus and his disciples went into the region of Judea, where he spent some time with them baptizing. John was also baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was an abundance of water there, and people came to be baptized, for John had not yet been imprisoned. Now a dispute arose between the disciples of John and a Jew about ceremonial washings. So, they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you testified, here he is baptizing and everyone is coming to him.” John answered and said, “No one can receive anything except what has been given him from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said [that] I am not the Messiah, but that I was sent before him. The one who has the bride is the bridegroom; the best man, who stands and listens to him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. So, this joy of mine has been made complete. He must increase; I must decrease.” The One from Heaven. The one who comes from above is above all. The one who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of earthly things. But the one who comes from heaven [is above all]. He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony.

P: Glory be to God for ever… all: Glory be to the Christ Our Lord