Quote of the Week
“Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.”
St Stephen Feast
28 January 2018
1st Reading / Acts 6: 8– 15
A reading from the Book of Acts: Barikh-Mar.
Then Stephen, filled with grace and fortitude, wrought great signs and miracles among the people. But certain ones, from the synagogue of the so-called Libertines, and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of those who were from Cilicia and Asia rose up and were disputing with Stephen. But they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking. Then they suborned men who were to claim that they had heard him speaking words of blasphemy against Moses and against God. And thus did they stir up the people and the elders and the scribes. And hurrying together, they seized him and brought him to the council. And they set up false witnesses, who said: “This man does not cease to speak words against the holy place and the law. For we have heard him saying that this Jesus the Nazarene will destroy this place and will change the traditions, which Moses handed down to us.” And all those who were sitting in the council, gazing at him, saw his face, as if it had become the face of an Angel……………Amen.
2nd Reading / 2 Corinthians 3: 18– 4: 6
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to Corinthians: Barikh-Mar.
Yet truly, all of us, as we gaze upon the unveiled glory of the face of the Lord, are transfigured into the same image, from one glory to another. And this is done by the Spirit of the Lord. Therefore, since we have this ministry, and in as much as we have obtained mercy for ourselves, we are not inadequate. For we renounce dishonourable and hidden acts, not walking by craftiness, nor by adulterating the Word of God. Instead, by the manifestation of truth, we commend ourselves to the conscience of each man before God. But if our Gospel is in some way hidden, it is hidden to those who are perishing. As for them, the god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, would not shine in them. For we are not preaching about ourselves, but about Jesus Christ our Lord. We are merely your servants through Jesus. For God, who told the light to shine out of darkness, has shined a light into our hearts, to illuminate the knowledge of the splendour of God, in the person of Christ Jesus……… The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.
Gospel Reading/ Matthew11: 20– 30
A reading from the Gospel of Saint Matthew:
Then he began to rebuke the cities in which many of his miracles were accomplished, for they still had not repented. Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in haircloth and ashes. Yet truly, I say to you, Tyre and Sidon shall be forgiven more than you, on the day of judgment. And you, Capernaum, would you be exalted all the way to heaven? You shall descend all the way to Hell. For if the miracles that were done in you had been done in Sodom, perhaps it would have remained, even to this day. Yet truly, I say to you, that the land of Sodom shall be forgiven more than you, on the day of judgment.” At that time, Jesus responded and said: “I acknowledge you, Father, Lord of Heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the prudent, and have revealed them to little ones. Yes, Father, for this was pleasing before you. All things have been delivered to me by my Father. And no one knows the Son except the Father, nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and those to whom the Son is willing to reveal him. Come to me, all you who labor and have been burdened, and I will refresh you. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For my yoke is sweet and my burden is light.”