Quote of the Week
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”
First Sunday of Elijah
10 September 2017
First Reading/ Isaiah 31: 1- 9
A reading from the book of Isaiah Barikh-Mar
Woe to those who descend into Egypt for assistance, hoping in horses, and putting their trust in four-horse chariots because they are many, and in horsemen because they are exceedingly strong. And they have not believed in the Holy One of Israel, and they have not sought the Lord. Therefore, being wise, he has permitted harm, and he has not removed his words, and he will rise up against the house of the wicked and against those who assist the workers of iniquity. Egypt is man, and not God. And their horses are flesh, and not spirit. And so, the Lord will reach down his hand, and the helper will fall, and the one who was being helped will fall, and they will all be consumed together. For the Lord says this to me: In the same way that a lion roars, and a young lion is over his prey, and though a multitude of shepherds may meet him, he will not dread their voice, nor be afraid of their number, so will the Lord of hosts descend in order to battle upon mount Zion and upon its hill. Like birds flying, so will the Lord of hosts protect Jerusalem, protecting and freeing, passing over and saving. Be converted to the same depth that you have drawn away, O sons of Israel. For in that day, a man will cast away his idols of silver and his idols of gold, which your hands have made for you unto sin. And Assur will fall by a sword not of man, and a sword not of man will devour him. And he will not flee from the face of the sword, and his young men will be subject to a penalty. And his strength will pass away in terror, and his princes will flee in fear. The Lord has said it. His fire is in Zion, and his furnace is at Jerusalem. Amen.
Second Reading / 2 Thess 1: 1- 9
A reading from the second Letter of St. Paul to Thessalonians: Barikh-Mar
Paul and Sylvanus and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians, in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace and peace to you, from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. We ought to give thanks always to God for you, brothers, in a fitting manner, because your faith is increasing greatly, and because the charity of each of you toward one another is abundant, so much so that we ourselves even glory in you among the churches of God, because of your patience which are a sign of the just judgment of God, so that you may be held worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer. For certainly, it is just for God to repay trouble to those who trouble you, and to repay you, who are being troubled, with a repose with us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with the Angels of his virtue,
Reader: The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.
Third Reading/ Luke 19: 1- 10
A reading from the Gospel of Saint Luke.
And having entered, he walked through Jericho. And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. And he was the leader of the tax collectors, and he was wealthy. And he sought to see Jesus, to see who he was. But he was unable to do so, because of the crowd, for he was small in stature. And running ahead, he climbed up a sycamore tree, so that he might see him. For he was to pass near there. And when he had arrived at the place, Jesus looked up and saw him, and he said to him: “Zacchaeus, hurry down. For today, I should lodge in your house.” And hurrying, he came down, and he received him joyfully. And when they all saw this, they murmured, saying that he had turned aside to a sinful man. But Zacchaeus, standing still, said to the Lord: “Behold, Lord, one half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have cheated anyone in any matter, I will repay him fourfold.” Jesus said to him: “Today, salvation has come to this house; because of this, he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man has come to seek and to save what had been lost.”
P: Glory be to God forever..All: Glory be to Christ Our Lord.