Quote of the Week
“Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.”
Readings/ 5th Sunday after Epiphany (Dinha)
5th February 2017
1st Reading / Isaiah 48: 12- 20
A reading from the Book of Prophet Isaiah: Barikh-Mar.
Listen to me, O Jacob, and Israel whom I call. I am the same, I am the first, and I am the last. Also, my hand has founded the earth, and my right hand has measured the heavens. I will call them, and they will stand together. Gather together, all of you, and listen. Who among them has announced these things? The Lord has loved him; he will do his will with Babylon, and his arm is upon the Chaldeans. I am, I have spoken, and I have called him. I have led him forward, and his way has been straight. Draw near to me, and listen to this. From the beginning, I have not spoken in secret. From the time before it happened, I was there. And now, the Lord God has sent me, and his Spirit. Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am the Lord, your God, who teaches you beneficial things, who guides you in the way that you walk. If only you had paid attention to my commandments! Your peace would have been like a river, and your justice would have been like the waves of the sea, and your offspring would have been like the sand, and the stock from your loins would have been like its stones. His name would not have passed away, nor would it have been worn away before my face. Depart from Babylon! Flee from the Chaldeans! Announce it with a voice of exultation. Cause it to be heard, and carry it even to the ends of the earth. Say: “The Lord has redeemed his servant Jacob.”………Amen.
2nd Reading / Hebrews 6: 9- 17
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to Hebrews: Barikh-Mar.
But from you, most beloved, we are confident that there will be things better and closer to salvation; even though we speak in this way. For God is not unjust, such that he would forget your work and the love that you have shown in his name. For you have ministered, and you continue to minister, to the saints. Yet we desire that each one of you display the same solicitude toward the fulfilment of hope, even unto the end, so that you may not be slow to act, but instead may be imitators of those who, through faith and patience, shall inherit the promises. For God, in making promises to Abraham, swore by himself, (because he had no one greater by whom he might swear), saying: “Blessing, I shall bless you, and multiplying, I shall multiply you.” And in this way, by enduring patiently, he secured the promise. For men swear by what is greater than themselves, and an oath as confirmation is the end of all their controversy. In this matter, God, wanting to reveal more thoroughly the immutability of his counsel to the heirs of the promise, interposed an oath.
The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.
Gospel Reading/ John 3: 1- 5; 16-21
A reading from the Gospel of Saint John:
a Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. He came to Jesus at night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one can do these signs that you are doing unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a person once grown old be born again? Surely he cannot re-enter his mother’s womb and be born again, can he?” Jesus answered, “Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the verdict, that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed. But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.
Priest: Glory be to God forever .. People: Glory be to the Christ Our Lord