Quote of the Week
Amen I say to you, that no prophet is accepted in his own country.


1st Sunday after Epiphany (Dinkha).
08 January 2017

1st Reading/ Exodus 3:1- 6
A reading from the Book of Exodus: Barikh-Mar.
Meanwhile Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian. Leading the flock beyond the wilderness, he came to the mountain of God, Horeb. There the angel of the LORD appeared to him as fire flaming out of a bush. When he looked, although the bush was on fire, it was not being consumed. So Moses decided, “I must turn aside to look at this remarkable sight. Why does the bush not burn up?” When the LORD saw that he had turned aside to look, God called out to him from the bush: Moses! Moses! He answered, “Here I am.” God said: Do not come near! Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground. I am the God of your father, he continued, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God…. Amen

2nd Reading / 2 Timothy 3: 1- 12
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy: Barikh-Mar.
And know this: that in the last days perilous times will press near. Men will be lovers of themselves, greedy, self-exalting, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, wicked, without affection, without peace, false accusers, unchaste, cruel, without kindness, traitorous, reckless, self-important, loving pleasure more than God, even having the appearance of piety while rejecting its virtue. And so, avoid them. For among these are ones who penetrate houses and lead away, like captives, foolish women burdened with sins, who are led away by means of various desires, always learning, yet never achieving knowledge of the truth. And in the same manner that Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so also will these resist the truth, men corrupted in mind, reprobates from the faith. But they will not advance beyond a certain point. For the folly of the latter shall be made manifest to all, just as that of the former. But you have fully comprehended my doctrine, instruction, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, patience, persecutions, afflictions; such things as happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra; how I endured persecutions, and how the Lord rescued me from everything. And all those who willingly live the piety in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.

3rd Reading/ Luke 4: 14- 24
A reading from the Gospel of Saint Luke:
And Jesus returned, in the power of the Spirit, into Galilee. And his fame spread throughout the entire region. And he taught in their synagogues, and he was magnified by everyone. And he went to Nazareth, where he had been raised. And he entered into the synagogue, according to his custom, on the Sabbath day. And he rose up to read. And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. And as he unrolled the book, he found the place where it was written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; because of this, he has anointed me. He has sent me to evangelize the poor, to heal the contrite of heart, to preach forgiveness to captives and sight to the blind, to release the broken into forgiveness, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord and the day of retribution.” And when he had rolled up the book, he returned it to the minister, and he sat down. And the eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, “On this day, this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” And everyone gave testimony to him. And they wondered at the words of grace that proceeded from his mouth. And they said, “Is this not the son of Joseph?” And he said to them: “Certainly, you will recite to me this saying, ‘Physician, heal yourself.’ The many great things that we have heard were done in Capernaum, do here also in your own country.” Then he said: “Amen I say to you, that no prophet is accepted in his own country.
Priest: Glory be to God for ever…People: Glory be to the Christ Our Lord