Quote of the Week
I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ
2nd Sunday of Slewa Cross
1st Reading/ Isaiah 25: 1-5
A reading from the book of Isaiah Barikh-Mar
O LORD, you are my God, I extol you, I praise your name; For you have carried out your wonderful plans of old, faithful and true. For you have made the city a heap, the fortified city a ruin, The castle of the insolent, a city no more, not ever to be rebuilt. Therefore a strong people will honour you, ruthless nations will fear you. For you have been a refuge to the poor, a refuge to the needy in their distress; Shelter from the rain, shade from the heat. When the blast of the ruthless was like a winter rain, the roar of strangers like heat in the desert, You subdued the heat with the shade of a cloud, the rain of the tyrants was vanquished…. Amen
2nd Reading / Philippians 3: 1-8
A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to Philippians: “Barikh-Mar”.
Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. Writing the same things to you is no burden for me but is a safeguard for you. Against Legalistic Teachers. Beware of the dogs! Beware of the evil workers! Beware of the mutilation! For we are the circumcision, we who worship through the Spirit of God, who boast in Christ Jesus and do not put our confidence in flesh, although I myself have grounds for confidence even in the flesh. Paul’s Autobiography. If anyone else thinks he can be confident in flesh, all the more can I. Circumcised on the eighth day, of the race of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrew parentage, in observance of the law a Pharisee, in zeal I persecuted the church, in righteousness based on the law I was blameless. Righteousness from God. [But] whatever gains I had, these I have come to consider a loss because of Christ. More than that, I even consider everything as a loss because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have accepted the loss of all things and I consider them so much rubbish, that I may gain Christ.
Reader: The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.
Gospel Reading/ Matthew 17: 14-21
A reading from the Gospel of Saint Matthew
When they came to the crowd a man approached, knelt down before him, and said, “Lord, have pity on my son, for he is a lunatic and suffers severely; often he falls into fire, and often into water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him.” Jesus said in reply, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long will I be with you? How long will I endure you? Bring him here to me.” Jesus rebuked him and the demon came out of him, and from that hour the boy was cured. Then the disciples approached Jesus in private and said, “Why could we not drive it out?” He said to them, “Because of your little faith. Amen, I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for youk and He said to them, “This kind can only come out through prayer and through fasting.”
Priest: Glory be to God for ever.