Quote of the Week
“I desire mercy, not sacrifice”
2nd Sunday of Sanctification of the Church.
7th November 2017
1st Reading/ Isa40: 9- 16
A reading from the Book of Exodus: “Barick-Mar”
You who evangelize Zion, climb a high mountain! You who evangelize Jerusalem, lift up your voice with strength! Lift, it up! Do not be afraid! Say to the cities of Judah: “Behold, your God!” Behold, the Lord God will arrive in strength, and his arm will rule. Behold, his reward is with him, and his work is before him. He will pasture his flock like a shepherd. He will gather together the lambs with his arm, and he will lift them up to his bosom, and he himself will carry the very young. Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and who has weighed the heavens with his palm? Who has suspended the mass of the earth with three fingers, and who has weighed the mountains on a balance and the hills on a scale? Who has assisted the Spirit of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor and has revealed things to him? With whom has he consulted? And who has instructed him, and taught him the path of justice, and guided him to knowledge, and revealed the way of understanding to him? Behold, the nations are like a drop of water in a bucket, and they are considered as the smallest grain on a balance. Behold, the islands are like a little dust. And Lebanon will not be sufficient to start a fire, and its animals will not be sufficient for a burnt offering. Amen.
2nd Reading / Heb8: 1-6
A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to Hebrews: “Barick-Mar”
Now the main point in the things that have been stated is this: that we have so great a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of Majesty in the heavens, who is the minister of holy things, and of the true tabernacle, which was established by the Lord, not by man. For every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices. Therefore, it is necessary for him also to have something to offer. And so, if he were upon the earth, he would not be a priest, since there would be others to offer gifts according to the law, gifts which serve as mere examples and shadows of the heavenly things. And so, it was answered to Moses, when he was about to complete the tabernacle: “See to it,” he said, “that you make everything according to the example which was revealed to you on the mountain.” But now he has been granted a better ministry, so much so that he is also the Mediator of a better testament, which has been confirmed by better promises.
The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.
Gospel Reading/ Mt 12: 1- 8
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to saint Matthew:
Not long afterward Jesus was walking through some wheat fields on a Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, so they began to pick heads of wheat and eat the grain. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to Jesus, “Look, it is against our Law for your disciples to do this on the Sabbath!” Jesus answered, “Have you never read what David did that time when he and his men were hungry? He went into the house of God, and he and his men ate the bread offered to God, even though it was against the Law for them to eat it only the priests could eat that bread. Or have you not read in the Law of Moses that every Sabbath the priests in the Temple break the Sabbath law, yet they are not guilty? I tell you that there is something here greater than the Temple. The scripture says, ‘It is kindness that I want, not animal sacrifices.’ If you really knew what this means, you would not condemn people who are not guilty; 8 for the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
Glory be to God for ever…. Glory be to Christ Our Lord.