Quote of the Week
But now he is consoled, and truly you are tormented
Fifth Sunday of Summer (Qayt)
August 20, 2017
First Reading/ Isaiah 28: 14- 22
A reading from the Book of Isaiah Barikh-Mar:
Because of this, listen to the word of the Lord, you mocking men, who lord it over my people who are at Jerusalem. For you have said: “We struck a deal with death, and we formed a pact with Hell. When the inundating scourge passes through, it will not overwhelm us. For we have placed our hope in lies, and we are protected by what is false.”For this reason, thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will set a stone within the foundations of Zion, a tested stone, a cornerstone, a precious stone, which has been established in the foundation: whoever trusts in him need not hurry. And I will establish judgment in weights, and justice in measures. And a hailstorm will overturn hope in what is false; and waters will inundate its protection. And your deal with death will be abolished, and your pact with Hell will not stand. When the inundating scourge passes through, you will be trampled down by it. Whenever it passes through, it will take you away. For, at first light of morning, it will pass through, in the day and in the night, and vexation alone will make you understand what you hear. For the bed has been narrowed, so much so that one alone would fall out, and the short blanket is not able to cover two. For the Lord will stand, just as at the mountain of divisions. He will be angry, just as in the valley which is in Gibeon, so that he may accomplish his work, his strange work, so that he may complete his work, his work which is foreign even to him. And now, do not be willing to mock, lest your chains be tightened. For I have heard, from the Lord, the God of hosts, about the consummation and the abridgement concerning the entire earth. Amen.
Second Reading/ 2 Corinthians 12: 14- 20
A reading from the Second Letter of St. Paul to Corinthians Barikh-Mar.
Behold, this is the third time I have prepared to come to you, and yet I will not be a burden to you. For I am seeking not the things that are yours, but you yourselves. And neither should the children store up for the parents, but the parents for the children. And so, very willingly, I will spend and exhaust myself for the sake of your souls, loving you more, while being loved less. And so be it. I have not burdened you, but instead, being astute, I obtained you by guile. And yet, did I defraud you by means of any of those whom I sent to you? I asked for Titus, and I sent a brother with him. Did Titus defraud you? Did we not walk with the same spirit? Did we not walk in the same steps? Have you ever thought that we should explain ourselves to you? We speak in the sight of God, in Christ. But all things, most beloved, are for your edification. Yet I fear, lest perhaps, when I have arrived, I might not find you such as I would want, and I might be found by you, such as you would not want. For perhaps there may be among you: contention, envy, animosity, dissension, detraction, whispering, self-exaltation, and rebellion.
The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.
Third Reading/ Gospel Luke 16: 19- 31
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to St Luke.
A certain man was wealthy, and he was clothed in purple and in fine linen. And he feasted splendidly every day. And there was a certain beggar, named Lazarus, who lay at his gate, covered with sores, wanting to be filled with the crumbs which were falling from the wealthy man’s table. But no one gave it to him. And even the dogs came and licked his sores. Then it happened that the beggar died, and he was carried by the Angels into the bosom of Abraham. Now the wealthy man also died, and he was entombed in Hell. Then lifting up his eyes, while he was in torments, he saw Abraham far away, and Lazarus in his bosom. And crying out, he said: ‘Father Abraham, take pity on me and send Lazarus, so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water to refresh my tongue. For I am tortured in this fire.’ And Abraham said to him: ‘Son, recall that you received good things in your life, and in comparison, Lazarus received bad things. But now he is consoled, and truly you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been established, so that those who might want to cross from here to you are not able, nor can someone cross from there to here.’ And he said: ‘Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, so that he may testify to them, lest they also come into this place of torments.’ And Abraham said to him: ‘They have Moses and the prophets. Let them listen to them.’ So he said: ‘No, father Abraham. But if someone were to go to them from the dead, they would repent.’ But he said to him: ‘If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they believe even if someone has resurrected from the dead.’ ”
P: Glory be to God forever..All: Glory be to Christ Our Lord.