Quote of the Week
“Behold, the Lamb of God. Behold, he who takes away the sin of the world”
3rd Sunday after the Epiphany (Dinha)
22nd January 2017
1st Reading / Isaiah 45: 18-45
A reading from the Book of Prophet Isaiah: Barikh-Mar
For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens, God himself who formed the earth and made it, the very Molder of it. He did not create it to no purpose. He formed it so that it would be inhabited. I am the Lord, and there is no other. I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth. I have not said to the offspring of Jacob, “Seek me in vain.” I am the Lord, who speaks justice, who announces what is right. Assemble yourselves, and approach, and draw near together, you who have been saved among the Gentiles. They lack knowledge, who lift up the wood of their sculpture, and who petition a god unable to save. Announce it, and approach, and consult together. Who has caused this to be heard from the beginning, and who has foretold it from that time? Is it not I, the Lord? And is there some other god beside me? I am a just God who saves, and there is no one except me. All ends of the earth, be converted to me, and you will be saved. For I am God, and there is no other. I have sworn by myself. The Word of justice will proceed from my mouth, and it will not turn back. For every knee shall bend to me, and every tongue shall swear it. Therefore, he will say, “In the Lord are my justices and my dominion.” They will go to him. And all who fight against him will be confounded. In the Lord, all the offspring of Israel will be justified and praised. …. Amen.
2nd Reading / Hebrews 3: 14-4: 6
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to Hebrews: Barikh-Mar.
Instead, exhort one another every day, while it is still called ‘today,’ so that none of you may become hardened through the falseness of sin. For we have been made participants in Christ. This is only so, if we firmly retain the beginning of his substance, even unto the end. For it has been said: “If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts, in the same manner as in the former provocation.” For some of those listening did provoke him. But not all of these had set forth from Egypt through Moses. So against whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not those who had sinned, whose dead bodies lay prostrate in the desert? But to whom did he swear that they would not enter into his rest, except to those who were incredulous? And so, we perceive that they were not able to enter because of unbelief. Therefore, we should be afraid, lest the promise of entering into his rest may be relinquished, and some of you may be judged to be lacking. For this was announced to us in a similar manner as to them. But the mere hearing of the word did not benefit them, since it was not joined together with a faith in those things that they heard. For we who have believed shall enter into rest, in the same manner as he said: “So it is as I have sworn in my wrath: They shall not enter into my rest!” And certainly, this is when the works from the foundation of the world have been finished. For, in a certain place, he spoke about the seventh day in this manner: “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.” And in this place again: “They shall not enter into my rest!” Therefore, this is because certain ones remain who are to enter into it, and those to whom it was announced first did not enter into it, because of unbelief.
The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.
Gospel Reading/ John 1: 29-39
A reading from the Gospel of Saint John:
On the next day, John saw Jesus coming toward him, and so he said: “Behold, the Lamb of God. Behold, he who takes away the sin of the world. This is the one about whom I said, ‘After me arrives a man, who has been placed ahead of me, because he existed before me.’ And I did not know him. Yet it is for this reason that I come baptizing with water: so that he may be made manifest in Israel.” And John offered testimony, saying: “For I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove; and he remained upon him. And I did not know him. But he who sent me to baptize with water said to me: ‘He over whom you will see the Spirit descending and remaining upon him, this is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I saw, and I gave testimony: that this one is the Son of God.” The next day again, John was standing with two of his disciples. And catching sight of Jesus walking, he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God.” And two disciples were listening to him speaking. And they followed Jesus. Then Jesus, turning around and seeing them following him, said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi (which means in translation, Teacher), where do you live?”He said to them, “Come and see.” They went and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day. Now it was about the tenth hour.
Priest: Glory be to God forever .. People: Glory be to the Christ Our Lord