Quote of the Week
“Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.”
7th Sunday after the Epiphany. (Dinha)
4th of February 2018
1st Reading / Isa 42: 5- 8
A reading from the Prophet Isaiah: Barikh-Mar.
Thus, says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and its produce, who gives breath to its people and spirit to those who walk on it: I, the LORD, have called you for justice, I have grasped you by the hand; I formed you, and set you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, To open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from confinement, and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness. I am the LORD, LORD is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to idols. Amen.
2nd Reading/ 1Tim 6: 9- 16
A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Timothy: Barikh-Mar.
People who long to be rich are a prey to trial; they get trapped into all sorts of foolish and harmful ambitions which plunge people into ruin and destruction. ‘The love of money is the root of all evils’ and there are some who, pursuing it, have wandered away from the faith and so given their souls any number of fatal wounds. But, as someone dedicated to God, avoid all that. You must aim to be upright and religious, filled with faith and love, perseverance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith and win the eternal life to which you were called and for which you made your noble profession of faith before many witnesses. Now, before God, the source of all life, and before Jesus Christ, who witnessed to his noble profession of faith before Pontius Pilate, I charge you to do all that you have been told, with no faults or failures, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who at the due time will be revealed by God, the blessed and only Ruler of all, the King of kings and the Lord of lords, who alone is immortal, whose home is in inaccessible light, whom no human being has seen or is able to see: to him be honour and everlasting power. Amen.
The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.
Gospel Reading/ Mt 7: 28- 8: 4
A reading from the Holy Gospel According to Saint Matthew.
When Jesus finished these words, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes. When Jesus came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. And then a leper approached, did him homage, and said, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.” He stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I will do it. Be made clean.” His leprosy was cleansed immediately. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one, but go show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses prescribed that will be proof for them.”
P: Glory be to God forever… PP: Glory be to the Christ Our Lord