Readings: 3rd Sunday of Summer (Qayta) 2015

Quote of the Week

I am the light of the world

Third Sunday of Summer (Qayta) 2015

Sunday Reading

1st Reading/DEUTERONOMY 5: 1-11

A reading from the Book of Deuteronomy Barichmar
Moses summoned all Israel and said to them, “Hear, O Israel, the statutes and
decrees which I proclaim in your hearing this day, that you may learn them and take
care to observe them. The LORD, our God, made a covenant with us at Horeb; not
with our fathers did he make this covenant, but with us, all of us who are alive here
this day. The LORD spoke with you face to face on the mountain from the midst of
the fire. Since you were afraid of the fire and would not go up the mountain, I stood
between the LORD and you at that time, to announce to you these words of the
LORD: ‘I, the LORD, am your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that
place of slavery. You shall not have other gods besides me. You shall not carve idols
for yourselves in the shape of anything in the sky above or on the earth below or in
the waters beneath the earth; you shall not bow down before them or worship them.
For I, the LORD, your God, am a jealous God, inflicting punishments for their
fathers’ wickedness on the children of those who hate me, down to the third and
fourth generation but bestowing mercy, down to the thousandth generation, on the
children of those who love me and keep my commandments. ‘You shall not take the
name of the LORD, your God, in vain. For the LORD will not leave unpunished him
who takes his name in vain
This is the Word of the Lord.

2nd Reading / 2 CORINTHIANS 7:1-11

A reading from the Second Letter of St. Paul to Corinthians “Barichmar
Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every
defilement of flesh and spirit, making holiness perfect in the fear of God. Make room
for us; we have not wronged anyone, or ruined anyone, or taken advantage of
anyone. I do not say this in condemnation, for I have already said that you are in
our hearts, that we may die together and live together. I have great confidence in
you, I have great pride in you; I am filled with encouragement, I am overflowing
with joy all the more because of all our affliction. For even when we came into
Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were afflicted in every way–external
conflicts, internal fears. But God, who encourages the downcast, encouraged us by
the arrival of Titus, and not only by his arrival but also by the encouragement with
which he was encouraged in regard to you, as he told us of your yearning, your
lament, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced even more. For even if I saddened you
by my letter, I do not regret it; and if I did regret it ((for) I see that that letter
saddened you, if only for a while), I rejoice now, not because you were saddened,
but because you were saddened into repentance; for you were saddened in a godly
way, so that you did not suffer loss in anything because of us. For godly sorrow
produces a salutary repentance without regret, but worldly sorrow produces death.
For behold what earnestness this godly sorrow has produced for you, as well as
readiness for a defense, and indignation, and fear, and yearning, and zeal, and
punishment. In every way you have shown yourselves to be innocent in the matter
Reader: The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.

Gospel Reading/JOHN 9: 1-17

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John
As he passed by he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who
sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither
he nor his parents sinned; it is so that the works of God might be made visible
through him. We have to do the works of the one who sent me while it is day. Night
is coming when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the
world.” When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva,
and smeared the clay on his eyes, and said to him, “Go wash in the Pool of Siloam”
(which means Sent). So he went and washed, and came back able to see. His
neighbours and those who had seen him earlier as a beggar said, “Isn’t this the one
who used to sit and beg?” Some said, “It is,” but others said, “No, he just looks like
him.” He said, “I am.” So they said to him, “(So) how were your eyes opened?” He
replied, “The man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and told me, ‘Go to
Siloam and wash.’ So I went there and washed and was able to see.”
Priest: Glory be to God for ever.