Quote and Readings of the Week
”I have overcome the world.”
4th Sunday after Easter (Qyamta)
07 May 2017
Month of our Lady
1st Reading/ Acts 8: 14- 25
A reading from the Book of ACTS “Barikh-Mar “
When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, and they went down there and prayed for them to receive the Holy Spirit, for as yet he had not come down on any of them: they had only been baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. When Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money, with the words, ‘Give me the same power so that anyone I lay my hands on will receive the Holy Spirit.’ Peter answered, ‘May your silver be lost forever, and you with it, for thinking that money could buy what God has given for nothing! You have no share, no part, in this: God can see how your heart is warped. Repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that this scheme of yours may be forgiven; it is plain to me that you are held in the bitterness of gall and the chains of sin.’ Simon replied, ‘Pray to the Lord for me yourselves so that none of the things you have spoken about may happen to me.’ Having given their testimony and proclaimed the word of the Lord, they went back to Jerusalem, preaching the good news to a number of Samaritan villages… Amen.
2nd Reading / Ephesians 2: 1-7
A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to Ephesians “Barikh-Mar “.
And you were dead, through the crimes and the sins which used to make up your way of life when you were living by the principles of this world, obeying the ruler who dominates the air, the spirit who is at work in those who rebel. We too were all among them once, living only by our natural inclinations, obeying the demands of human self-indulgence and our own whim; our nature made us no less liable to God’s retribution than the rest of the world. But God, being rich in faithful love, through the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our sins, brought us to life with Christ — it is through grace that you have been saved and raised us up with him and gave us a place with him in heaven, in Christ Jesus. This was to show for all ages to come, through his goodness towards us in Christ Jesus, how extraordinarily rich he is in grace.
The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen
Gospel Reading/John 16: 16-24
A reading from the Gospel of Saint John.
In a short time you will no longer see me, and then a short time later you will see me again. Then some of his disciples said to one another, ‘What does he mean, “In a short time you will no longer see me, and then a short time later you will see me again,” and, “I am going to the Father”? What is this “short time”? We don’t know what he means.’ Jesus knew that they wanted to question him, so he said, ‘You are asking one another what I meant by saying, “In a short time you will no longer see me, and then a short time later you will see me again.” ‘In all truth I tell you, you will be weeping and wailing while the world will rejoice; you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn to joy. A woman in childbirth suffers, because her time has come; but when she has given birth to the child she forgets the suffering in her joy that a human being has been born into the world. So it is with you: you are sad now, but I shall see you again, and your hearts will be full of joy, and that joy no one shall take from you. When that day comes, you will not ask me any questions. In all truth I tell you, anything you ask from the Father he will grant in my name. Until now you have not asked anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and so your joy will be complete.
Priest: Glory be to God forever…All: Glory be to Christ Our Lord.