“Rise up, go forth. For your faith has saved you.”
Sixth Sunday of Summer (Qayt)
August 27, 2017
First Reading/ Isaiah 29: 13- 21
A reading from the Book of Isaiah Barikh-Mar:
And the Lord said: Since this people have drawn near to me only with their mouth, and their lips glorify me while their heart is far from me, and their fear of me is based on the commandments and doctrines of men, for this reason, behold, I will proceed to accomplish a wonder for this people, a great and mystifying miracle. For wisdom will perish from their wise, and the understanding of their prudent will be concealed. Woe to you who use the depths of the heart, so that you may hide your intentions from the Lord. Their works are done in darkness, and so they say: “Who sees us?” and “Who knows us?” This intention of yours is perverse. It is as if the clay were to plan against the potter, or as if the work were to say to its maker: “You did not make me.” Or it is as if what has been formed were to say to the one who formed it, “You do not understand.” In not more than a little while and a brief time, Lebanon will be turned into a fruitful field, and a fruitful field will be considered to be a forest. And in that day, the deaf will hear the words of a book, and out of darkness and obscurity the eyes of the blind will see. And the meek will increase their rejoicing in the Lord, and the poor among men will exult in the Holy One of Israel. For the one who was prevailing has failed, the one who was mocking has been consumed, and all those who were standing guard over iniquity have been cut down. For they caused men to sin by a word, and they supplanted him who argued against them at the gates, and they turned away from justice in vain. Amen.
Second Reading/1 Thess 2: 1- 10
A reading from the First Letter of St. Paul to Thessalonians Barikh-Mar.
For you yourselves know, brothers, that our acceptance among you was not empty. Instead, having previously suffered and been treated shamefully, as you know, at Philippi, we had confidence in our God, so as to speak the Gospel of God to you with much solicitude. For our exhortation was not in error, nor from impurity, nor with deception. But, just as we have been tested by God, so that the Gospel would be entrusted to us, so also did we speak, not so as to please men, but rather to please God, who tests our hearts. And neither did we, at any time, become flattering in speech, as you know, nor did we seek an opportunity for avarice, as God is witness. Nor did we seek the glory of men, neither from you, nor from others. And although we could have been a burden to you, as Apostles of Christ, instead we became like little ones in your midst, like a nurse cherishing her children. So desirous were we for you that we were willing to hand over to you, not only the Gospel of God, but even our own souls. For you have become most beloved to us. For you remember, brothers, our hardship and weariness. We preached the Gospel of God among you, working night and day, so that we would not be burdensome to any of you. You are witnesses, as is God, of how holy and just and blameless we were with you who have believed.
The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.
Third Reading/ Gospel Luke 17: 11- 19
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to St Luke.
And it happened that, while he was travelling to Jerusalem, he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. And as he was entering a certain town, ten leprous men met him, and they stood at a distance. And they lifted up their voice, saying, “Jesus, Teacher, take pity on us. And when he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And it happened that, as they were going, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was cleansed, returned, magnifying God with a loud voice. And he fell face down before his feet, giving thanks. And this one was a Samaritan. And in response, Jesus said: “Were not ten made clean? And so where are the nine? Was no one found who would return and give glory to God, except this foreigner?” And he said to him: “Rise up, go forth. For your faith has saved you.”
P: Glory be to God forever..All: Glory be to Christ Our Lord.