Quote of the Week
He must increase; I must decrease.”
6th Sunday after the Epiphany.
28 January 2018
1st Reading / Isa 63: 7- 16
A reading from the Book of prophet Isaiah: Barikh-Mar.
The loving deeds of the LORD I will recall, the glorious acts of the LORD, Because of all the LORD has done for us, the immense goodness to the house of Israel, which he has granted according to his mercy and his many loving deeds. He said: “They are indeed my people, children who are not disloyal.” So, he became their saviour in their every affliction. It was not an envoy or a messenger, but his presence that saved them. Because of his love and pity the LORD redeemed them, lifting them up and carrying them all the days of old. But they rebelled and grieved his holy spirit; So, he turned to become their enemy, and warred against them. Then they remembered the days of old, of Moses, his servant: Where is the one who brought up out of the sea the shepherd of his flock? Where is the one who placed in their midst his holy spirit, who guided Moses by the hand, with his glorious arm? Where is the one who divided the waters before them winning for himself an everlasting renown Who guided them through the depths, like horses in open country? As cattle going down into the valley, they did not stumble. The spirit of the LORD guided them. Thus, you led your people, to make for yourself a glorious name. Look down from heaven and regard us from your holy and glorious palace! Where is your zealous care and your might? your surge of pity? Your mercy hold not back! For you are our father. Were Abraham not to know us, nor Israel to acknowledge us, You, LORD, are our father, our redeemer you are named from of old. Amen.
2nd Reading / Heb 8: 1- 7
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to Hebrews: Barikh-Mar.
The main point of what has been said is this: we have such a high priest, who has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle that the Lord, not man, set up. Now every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices; thus, the necessity for this one also to have something to offer. If then he was on earth, he would not be a priest, since there are those who offer gifts according to the law. They worship in a copy and shadow of the heavenly sanctuary, as Moses was warned when he was about to erect the tabernacle. For he says, “See that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.” Now he has obtained so much more excellent a ministry as he is mediator of a better covenant, enacted on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, no place would have been sought for a second one.
The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.
3rd Reading/ Jn 3: 22- 32
A reading from the Gospel of Saint John:
After this, Jesus and his disciples went into the region of Judea, where he spent some time with them baptizing. John was also baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was an abundance of water there, and people came to be baptized, for John had not yet been imprisoned. Now a dispute arose between the disciples of John and a Jew about ceremonial washings. So, they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you testified, here he is baptizing and everyone is coming to him.” John answered and said, “No one can receive anything except what has been given him from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said [that] I am not the Messiah, but that I was sent before him. The one who has the bride is the bridegroom; the best man, who stands and listens to him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. So, this joy of mine has been made complete. He must increase; I must decrease.” The One from Heaven. The one who comes from above is above all. The one who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of earthly things. But the one who comes from heaven [is above all]. He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony.
P: Glory be to God for ever… all: Glory be to the Christ Our Lord