Quote of the Week
” In truth I tell you, unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven”.
7th Sunday of Elijah
October 22, 2017
First Reading/ Isa 33: 1- 6
A reading from the book of Isaiah: Barikh-Mar
Woe to you, destroying though not yourself destroyed, betraying though not yourself betrayed; when you have finished destroying, you will be destroyed, when you have stopped betraying, you will be betrayed. Yahweh, show us your mercy, we hope in you. Be our arm every morning and our salvation in time of distress. At the sound of tumult the peoples flee, when you stand up the nations scatter. Your spoil is gathered in as a grasshopper gathers in, like a swarm of locusts people descend on it. Yahweh is exalted, for he is enthroned above, he has filled Zion with fair judgement and saving justice. You can count on this all your days: wisdom and knowledge are the riches that save, the fear of Yahweh is his treasure. Amen.
Second Reading / 1 Cor 14: 1- 6
A reading from the first Letter of St. Paul to Corinthians: Barikh-Mar.
Make love your aim; but be eager, too, for spiritual gifts, and especially for prophesying. Those who speak in a tongue speak to God, but not to other people, because nobody understands them; they are speaking in the Spirit and the meaning is hidden. On the other hand, someone who prophesies speaks to other people, building them up and giving them encouragement and reassurance. Those who speak in a tongue may build themselves up, but those who prophesy build up the community. While I should like you all to speak in tongues, I would much rather you could prophesy; since those who prophesy are of greater importance than those who speak in tongues, unless they can interpret what they say so that the church is built up by it. Now suppose, brothers, I come to you and speak in tongues, what good shall I do you if my speaking provides no revelation or knowledge or prophecy or instruction?
The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.
Third Reading/ Mt 18: 1-7
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew.
At this time, the disciples came to Jesus and said, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven?’ So, he called a little child to him whom he set among them. Then he said, ‘In truth I tell you, unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven. And so, the one who makes himself as little as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven. ‘Anyone who welcomes one little child like this in my name welcomes me. But anyone who is the downfall of one of these little ones who have faith in me would be better drowned in the depths of the sea with a great millstone round his neck. Alas for the world that there should be such causes of falling! Causes of falling indeed there must be, but alas for anyone who provides them!
P: Glory be to God forever….. All: Glory be to Christ Our Lord.