Quote of the Week
What will separate us from the love of Christ?
Reading: 1st Sunday of Qayta Summary 3 July 2016
Nosardel : Festival of God, Memorial of 12 Apostles
St Thomas the Apostle Patron of Chaldean Patriarchate & our Diocese
1st Reading/ Book of Acts 5: 12-21
A reading from the Book of Acts Barichmar
Many miracles and wonders were being performed among the people by the apostles. All the believers met together in Solomon’s Porch. Nobody outside the group dared join them, even though the people spoke highly of them. But more and more people were added to the group – a crowd of men and women who believed in the Lord. As a result of what the apostles were doing, sick people were carried out into the streets and placed on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. And crowds of people came in from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing those who were sick or who had evil spirits in them; and they were all healed. Then the High Priest and all his companions, members of the local party of the Sadducees, became extremely jealous of the apostles; so they decided to take action. They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail. But that night an angel of the Lord opened the prison gates, led the apostles out, and said to them,”Go and stand in the Temple, and tell the people all about this new life.”The apostles obeyed, and at dawn they entered the Temple and started teaching. This is the Word of the Lord.
2nd Reading /Corinthians 4:9-16
A reading from the first Letter of St. Paul to Corinthians “Barichmar
For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like men condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to men. We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honoured, we are dishonoured! To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we answer kindly. Up to this moment we have become the scum of the earth, the refuse of the world. I am not writing this to shame you, but to warn you, as my dear children. Even though you have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. Therefore I urge you to imitate me
The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen
Gospel Reading/LUKE 14: 1-14
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke
When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honour at the table, he told them this parable: “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honour, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, `Give this man your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, `Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honoured in the presence of all your fellow guests. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbours; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
Priest: Glory be to God for ever.
Prayer of Faithful
LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER
We pray for all the peoples of the world, that the Lord may unite all peoples in peace and harmony,
We pray to the Lord
For our parish community: that we may trust God’s love and care for us as we face challenges in our lives and remain faithful in our discipleship and loyal to our commitments
We pray to the Lord
For all our relatives and friends who have died, especially for whom we remember in a special way at this Mass
We pray to the Lord