Quote and Readings of the Week
If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?
4th Sunday of Apostles
25 June 2017
1st Reading/ Isaiah 1: 2-6, 16-17
A reading from the Book of Isaiah “Barikh-Mar “.
The Lord said, “Earth and sky, listen to what I am saying! The children I brought up have rebelled against me. Cattle know who owns them, and donkeys know where their master feeds them. But that is more than my people Israel know. They don’t understand at all.” You are doomed, you sinful nation, you corrupt and evil people! Your sins drag you down! You have rejected the Lord, the holy God of Israel, and have turned your backs on him. Why do you keep on rebelling? Do you want to be punished even more? Israel, your head is already covered with wounds, and your heart and mind are sick. From head to foot there is not a healthy spot on your body. You are covered with bruises and sores and open wounds. Your wounds have not been cleaned or bandaged. No medicine has been put on them. Wash yourselves clean. Stop all this evil that I see you doing. Yes, stop doing evil and learn to do right. See that justice is done—help those who are oppressed, give orphans their rights, and defend widows.” Amen.
2nd Reading /1st Corinthians 9: 16-19, 20-23
A reading from the first Letter of St. Paul to Corinthians “Barikh-Mar.
I have no right to boast just because I preach the gospel. After all, I am under orders to do so. And how terrible it would be for me if I did not preach the gospel! If I did my work as a matter of free choice, then I could expect to be paid; but I do it as a matter of duty, because God has entrusted me with this task. What pay do I get, then? It is the privilege of preaching the Good News without charging for it, without claiming my rights in my work for the gospel. I am a free man, nobody’s slave; but I make myself everybody’s slave in order to win as many people as possible. All this I do for the gospel’s sake, in order to share in its blessings.
The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.
Gospel Reading/ Luke 6: 12-17, 20-23
A reading from the Holy Gospel According to Saint Luke.
At that time Jesus went up a hill to pray and spent the whole night there praying to God. When day came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he named apostles: Simon (whom he named Peter) and his brother Andrew; James and John, Philip and Bartholomew, Matthew and Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon (who was called the Patriot), Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became the traitor. When Jesus had come down from the hill with the apostles, he stood on a level place with a large number of his disciples. A large crowd of people was there from all over Judea and from Jerusalem and from the coast cities of Tyre and Sidon; Jesus looked at his disciples and said, “Happy are you poor; the Kingdom of God is yours! “Happy are you who are hungry now; you will be filled “Happy are you who weep now; you will laugh! “Happy are you when people hate you, reject you, insult you, and say that you are evil, all because of the Son of Man! Be glad when that happens and dance for joy, because a great reward is kept for you in heaven. For their ancestors did the very same things to the prophets.
P: Glory be to God forever..All: Glory be to Christ Our Lord.