Readings: 3rd Sunday of Sanctification of the Church

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Zeal for your house will consume me

Sunday Reading

3rd Sunday of Sanctification the Church

19 November 2017

 

1st Reading/ Num7: 1-11

A reading from the Book of Numbers “Barick-Mar”

On the day Moses finished erecting the Dwelling, he anointed and consecrated it and all its furniture, as well as the altar and all its equipment. When he had anointed and consecrated it all, the leaders of Israel made an offering; they were the heads of their families, the tribal leaders who had presided over the census. They brought their offering before Yahweh: six covered wagons and twelve oxen, one wagon for every two leaders and one ox each. They brought them in front of the Dwelling. Yahweh spoke to Moses and said, ‘Accept these from them, and let them be set apart for the service of the Tent of Meeting. You will give them to the Levites, to each as his duties require.’ Moses took the wagons and oxen, and gave them to the Levites. To the Gershonites he gave two wagons and four oxen for the duties they had to perform. To the Merarite’s he gave four wagons and eight oxen for the duties they had to perform under the direction of Thamar, son of Aaron the priest. But to the Kohathites he gave none-at all, because the sacred charge entrusted to them had to be carried on their shoulders. The leaders then made an offering for the dedication of the altar, on the day it was anointed. They brought their offering before the altar, and Yahweh said to Moses, ‘Each day one of the leaders must bring his offering for the dedication of the altar.’ Amen.

 

2nd Reading / Hebrews 9: 5-14

A reading from the Letter of St Paul to Hebrews: “Barick-Mar”

On top of it were the glorious winged creatures, overshadowing the throne of mercy. This is not the time to go into detail about this. Under these provisions, priests go regularly into the outer tent to carry out their acts of worship, but the second tent is entered only once a year, and then only by the high priest who takes in the blood to make an offering for his own and the people’s faults of inadvertence. By this, the Holy Spirit means us to see that as long as the old tent stands, the way into the holy place is not opened up; it is a symbol for this present time. None of the gifts and sacrifices offered under these regulations can possibly bring any worshipper to perfection in his conscience; they are rules about outward life, connected with food and drink and washing at various times, which are in force only until the time comes to set things right. But now Christ has come, as the high priest of all the blessings which were to come. He has passed through the greater, the more perfect tent, not made by human hands, that is, not of this created order; and he has entered the sanctuary once and for all, taking with him not the blood of goats and bull calves, but his own blood, having won an eternal redemption. The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkled on those who have incurred defilement, may restore their bodily purity. How much more will the blood of Christ, who offered himself, blameless as he was, to God through the eternal Spirit, purify our conscience from dead actions so that we can worship the living God.

Reader: The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.

 

Gospel Reading/ Jn2: 13-22

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to St John.

When the time of the Jewish Passover was near Jesus went up to Jerusalem, and in the Temple he found people selling cattle and sheep and doves, and the money changers sitting there. Making a whip out of cord, he drove them all out of the Temple, sheep and cattle as well, scattered the money changers’ coins, knocked their tables over and said to the dove sellers, ‘Take all this out of here and stop using my Father’s house as a market.’ Then his disciples remembered the words of scripture: I am eaten up with zeal for your house. The Jews intervened and said, ‘What sign can you show us that you should act like this?’ Jesus answered, ‘Destroy this Temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ The Jews replied, ‘It has taken forty-six years to build this Temple: are you going to raise it up again in three days?’ But he was speaking of the Temple that was his body, and when Jesus rose from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the scripture and what he had said.

Priest: Glory be to God for ever...P: Glory be to Christ Our Lord.