Quote of the Week
For what is life? To me, it is Christ. Death, then, will bring more.
Third Sunday of Elijah
24 September 2017
First Reading/ Isaiah 32: 1- 8
A reading from the book of Isaiah Barikh-Mar
There will be a king who reigns uprightly and princes who rule with fair judgment; each will be like a shelter from the wind, a refuge from the storm, like streams on arid ground, like the shade of a solid rock in a desolate land. The eyes of seers will no longer be closed, the ears of hearers will be alert, the heart of the hasty will learn to think things over, and the tongue of stammerers will speak promptly and clearly. The fool will no longer be called generous, nor the rascal be styled bountiful. For the fool speaks folly and his heart is set on villainy; he is godless in his actions and his words ascribe error to Yahweh; he starves the hungry of their food and refuses drink to the thirsty. Everything to do with the rascal is evil, he devises infamous plans to ruin the poor with lying words even when the needy has right on his side; but the noble person plans only noble things, noble his every move. Amen.
Second Reading / Phil 1: 12- 21
A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to Philippians
I want you to know, my friends, that the things that have happened to me have really helped the progress of the gospel. As a result, the whole palace guard and all the others here know that I am in prison because I am a servant of Christ. And my being in prison has given most of the believers more confidence in the Lord, so that they grow bolder all the time to preach the message fearlessly. Of course some of them preach Christ because they are jealous and quarrelsome, but others from genuine good will. These do so from love, because they know that God has given me the work of defending the gospel. The others do not proclaim Christ sincerely, but from a spirit of selfish ambition; they think that they will make more trouble for me while I am in prison. It does not matter! I am happy about it—just so Christ is preached in every way possible, whether from wrong or right motives. And I will continue to be happy, because I know that by means of your prayers and the help which comes from the Spirit of Jesus Christ I shall be set free. My deep desire and hope is that I shall never fail in my duty, but that at all times, and especially right now, I shall be full of courage, so that with my whole being I shall bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die. For what is life? To me, it is Christ. Death, then, will bring more.
The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.
Third Reading/ Matthew 13: 24-30
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew.
Jesus told them another parable: “The Kingdom of heaven is like this. A man sowed good seed in his field. One night, when everyone was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. When the plants grew and the heads of grain began to form, then the weeds showed up. The man’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, it was good seed you sowed in your field; where did the weeds come from?’ ‘It was some enemy who did this,’ he answered. ‘Do you want us to go and pull up the weeds?’ they asked him. ‘No,’ he answered, ‘because as you gather the weeds you might pull up some of the wheat along with them. Let the wheat and the weeds both grow together until harvest. Then I will tell the harvest workers to pull up the weeds first, tie them in bundles and burn them, and then to gather in the wheat and put it in my barn.’
P: Glory be to God forever..All: Glory be to Christ Our Lord.