Quote of the Week
If anyone is thirsty, let him com to me and drink
5th Sunday of Lent
6 March 2016
1st Reading /Genesis 16: 1-16
Listen to the Book of Genesis : Barekhmar.
Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian maidservant named Hagar; so she said to Abram, “The LORD has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family through her.” Abram agreed to what Sarai said. So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian maidservant Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. He slept with Hagar, and she conceived. When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress. Then Sarai said to Abram, “You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering. I put my servant in your arms, and now that she knows she is pregnant, she despises me. May the LORD Judge between you and me.
This is the Word of the Lord
People: Thanks be to God
2nd Reading / Romans 12: 1-21
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans: Barekhmar
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord. On the contrary: If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good
The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.
Gospel Reading/John 7: 37-52
A reading from the Gospel of Saint John
On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified. When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” The Pharisees challenged him, “Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid.” Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going. But you have no idea where I come from or where I am going. You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. But if I do judge, my decisions are right, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me. In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two men is valid. I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me.” Then they asked him, “Where is your father?” You do not know me or my Father,” Jesus replied. “If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” He spoke these words while teaching in the temple area near the place where the offerings were put. Yet no one seized him, because his time had not yet come
Priest: Glory be to God for ever.
People: Glory be to the Christ Our Lord
Prayer of Faithfull
* That as God invites us to work in his vineyard, this world; we may use our God given talents and gifts for the benefit of God’s work and glory. That we may all live with a sense of vocation, as people called to share in the mission of Jesus, to establish the kingdom of God on earth. We pray to the LORD.
* That we see the Sacrifice of Jesus as a sign of God’s Love for us and that we in turn love God and serve and help His people on this earth, the poor, the sick, the hungry, the imprisoned, the outcasts and the lonely. We pray to the LORD
* Lord Jesus, we pray that during this Lent we do not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. Let us stand firm in every trial and give us the determination to fast, pray and do charity for the whole of period of Lent. We pray to the LORD