Quote of the Week
The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone.
4th Sunday of Lent
19th of March 2017
First Reading/ Joshua 7: 10-13
Listen to the Book of Joshua: Barikh-Mar.
Yahweh said to Joshua, ‘Stand up! Why are you lying prostrate like this? Israel has sinned; they have violated the covenant which I imposed on them. They have gone so far as to take what was under the curse of destruction, they have even stolen it; they have actually hidden it; they have put it in their baggage. That is why the Israelites cannot stand up to their foes, why they have turned tail on their enemies: because they have come under the curse of destruction themselves. Unless you get rid of the object among you which has been put under the curse of destruction, I shall be with you no longer.’ ‘Get up, sanctify the people and say, “Sanctify yourselves for tomorrow, since Yahweh, the God of Israel, declares: The curse of destruction has now fallen on you, Israel; you will not be able to stand up to your enemies, until you have rid yourselves of that object which has been put under the curse of destruction…Amen.
Second Reading/ Romans 8: 12- 19
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans: Barikh-Mar.
So then, my brothers, we have no obligation to human nature to be dominated by it. If you do live in that way, you are doomed to die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the habits originating in the body, you will have life. All who are guided by the Spirit of God are sons of God; for what you received was not the spirit of slavery to bring you back into fear; you received the Spirit of adoption, enabling us to cry out, ‘Abba, Father!’ The Spirit himself joins with our spirit to bear witness that we are children of God. And if we are children, then we are heirs, heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ, provided that we share his suffering, so as to share his glory. In my estimation, all that we suffer in the present time is nothing in comparison with the glory which is destined to be disclosed for us, for the whole creation is waiting with eagerness for the children of God to be revealed………..The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.
Third Reading/ Gospel Matthew 21: 33- 46
A reading from the Holy Gospel of Saint Matthew,
Listen to another parable. There was a man, the father of a family, who planted a vineyard, and surrounded it with a hedge, and dug a press in it, and built a tower. And he loaned it out to farmers, and he set out to sojourn abroad. Then, when the time of the fruits drew near, he sent his servants to the farmers, so that they might receive its fruits. And the farmers apprehended his servants; they struck one, and killed another, and stoned yet another. Again, he sent other servants, more than before; and they treated them similarly. Then, at the very end, he sent his son to them, saying: ‘They will revere my son.’ But the farmers, seeing the son, said among themselves: ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and then we will have his inheritance.’ And apprehending him, they cast him outside the vineyard, and they killed him. Therefore, when the lord of the vineyard arrives, what will he do to those farmers?” They said to him, “He will bring those evil men to an evil end, and he will loan out his vineyard to other farmers, who shall repay to him the fruit in its time.” Jesus said to them: “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone that the builders have rejected has become the cornerstone. By the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes?’ Therefore, I say to you, that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you, and it shall be given to a people who shall produce its fruits. And whoever will have fallen on this stone shall be broken, yet truly, on whomever it shall fall, it will crush him.” And when the leaders of the priests, and the Pharisees had heard his parables, they knew that he was speaking about them. And though they sought to take hold of him, they feared the crowds, because they held him to be a prophet.
P: Glory be to God forever…….All: Glory be to the Christ Our Lord