Quote of the Week
May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ
Exaltation of the Holy Cross
14 September 2017
The Celebration is on Sunday 17 September 2017
First Reading/Isaiah 52: 13-14 + 53: 3-8
A reading from the Prophecy of Isaiah Barick-Mar
Behold, my servant will understand; he will be exalted and lifted up, and he will be very sublime. Just as they were stupefied over you, so will his countenance be without glory among men, and his appearance, among the sons of men. He is despised and the least among men, a man of sorrows who knows infirmity. And his countenance was hidden and despised. Because of this, we did not esteem him. Truly, he has taken away our weaknesses, and he himself has carried our sorrows. And we thought of him as if he were a leper, or as if he had been struck by God and humiliated. But he himself was wounded because of our iniquities. He was bruised because of our wickedness. The discipline of our peace was upon him. And by his wounds, we are healed. We have all gone astray like sheep; each one has turned aside to his own way. And the Lord has placed all our iniquity upon him. He was offered up, because it was his own will. And he did not open his mouth. He will be led like a sheep to the slaughter. And he will be mute like a lamb before his shearer. For he will not open his mouth. He was lifted up from anguish and judgment. Who will describe his life? For he has been cut off from the land of the living. Because of the wickedness of my people, I have struck him down. Amen.
Second Reading /1Corinthians 1: 18- 25
A reading from the first Letter of St. Paul to Corinthians:“Barick-Mar”.
For the Word of the Cross is certainly foolishness to those who are perishing. But to those who have been saved, that is, to us, it is the power of God. For it has been written: “I will perish the wisdom of the wise, and I will reject the discernment of the prudent. Where are the wise? Where are the scribes? Where are the truth-seekers of this age? Has not God made the wisdom of this world into foolishness? For the world did not know God through wisdom, and so, in the wisdom of God, it pleased God to accomplish the salvation of believers, through the foolishness of our preaching. For the Jews ask for signs, and the Greeks seek wisdom. But we are preaching Christ crucified. Certainly, to the Jews, this is a scandal, and to the Gentiles, this is foolishness. But to those who have been called, Jews as well as Greeks, the Christ is the virtue of God and the wisdom of God. For what is foolishness to God is considered wise by men, and that which is weakness to God is considered strong by men.
The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.
Third Reading/ Luke 24: 13- 35
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to st Luke.
And behold, two of them went out, on the same day, to a town named Emmaus, which was the distance of sixty stadia from Jerusalem. And they spoke to one another about all of these things that had occurred. And it happened that, while they were speculating and questioning within themselves, Jesus himself, drawing near, traveled with them. But their eyes were restrained, so that they would not recognize him. And he said to them, “What are these words, which you are discussing with one another, as you walk and are sad?” And one of them, whose name was Cleopas, responded by saying to him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” And he said to them, “What things?” And they said, “About Jesus of Nazareth, who was a noble prophet, powerful in works and in words, before God and all the people. And how our high priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death. And they crucified him. But we were hoping that he would be the Redeemer of Israel. And now, on top of all this, today is the third day since these things have happened. Then, too, certain women from among us terrified us. For before daytime, they were at the tomb, and, having not found his body, they returned, saying that they had even seen a vision of Angels, who said that he is alive. And some of us went out to the tomb. And they found it just as the women had said. But truly, they did not find him.” And he said to them: “How foolish and reluctant in heart you are, to believe everything that has been spoken by the Prophets! Was not the Christ required to suffer these things, and so enter into his glory?” And beginning from Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted for them, in all the Scriptures, the things that were about him. And they drew near to the town where they were going. And he conducted himself so as to go on further. But they were insistent with him, saying, “Remain with us, because it is toward evening and now daylight is declining.” And so he entered with them. And it happened that, while he was at table with them, he took bread, and he blessed and broke it, and he extended it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their eyes. And they said to one another, “Was not our heart burning within us, while he was speaking on the way, and when he opened the Scriptures to us?” And rising up at that same hour, they returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven gathered together, and those who were with them, saying: “In truth, the Lord has risen, and he has appeared to Simon.” And they explained the things that were done on the way, and how they had recognized him at the breaking of the bread.
P: Glory be to God forever..All: Glory be to Christ Our Lord.