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.
Reading 2nd Sunday of Lent
14 February 2016
1st Reading / Genesis 5: 19-31
Listen to the Book of Genesis: Barekhmar.
And Jared lived another 800 years. He had other children and died at the age of 962. When Enoch was 65, he had a son, Methuselah. After that, Enoch lived in fellowship with God for 300 years and had other children. He lived to be 365 years old. He spent his life in fellowship with God, and then he disappeared, because God took him away. When Methuselah was 187, he had a son, Lamech, and then lived another 782 years. He had other children and died at the age of 969. When Lamech was 182, he had a son and said, “From the very ground on which the Lord put a curse, this child will bring us relief from all our hard work”; so he named him Noah. Lamech lived another 595 years. He had other children and died at the age of 777.
This is the Word of the Lord
2nd Reading / Romans 6: 1-8
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans: Barekhmar
What shall we say, then? Should we continue to live in sin so that God’s grace will increase? Certainly not! We have died to sin – how then can we go on living in it? For surely you know that when we were baptized into union with Christ Jesus, we were baptized into union with his death. By our baptism, then, we were buried with him and shared his death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from death by the glorious power of the Father, so also we might live a new life. For since we have become one with him in dying as he did, in the same way we shall be one with him by being raised to life as he was. And we know that our old being has been put to death with Christ on his cross, in order that the power of the sinful self might be destroyed, so that we should no longer be the slaves of sin. For when we die, we are set free from the power of sin. Since we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.
The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.
Gospel Reading/ Matthew 7: 15-23
A reading from the Gospel of Saint Matthew
“Be on your guard against false prophets; they come to you looking like sheep on the outside, but on the inside they are really like wild wolves. You will know them by what they do. Thorn bushes do not bear grapes, and briers do not bear figs. A healthy tree bears good fruit, but a poor tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a poor tree cannot bear good fruit. And any tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown in the fire. So then, you will know the false prophets by what they do. “Not everyone who calls me “Lord, Lord’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only those who do what my Father in heaven wants them to do. When the Judgment Day comes, many will say to me, “Lord, Lord! In your name we spoke God’s message, by your name we drove out many demons and performed many miracles!’ Then I will say to them, “I never knew you. Get away from me, you wicked people!’
Priest: Glory be to God for ever.
People: Glory be to the Christ Our Lord
* Stations of the Cross: Every Friday at St. Addai Church South Auckland 7.00 pm and every Thursday at St. Thomas More North Shore 8.30 pm.