Readings: 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany

Quote of the Week

And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us”

 

2nd Sunday after Epiphany (Dinha)

15th January 2017

 

1st Reading / Isaiah 45: 11-17

A reading from the Book of Prophet Isaiah: Barikh-Mar

Thus says the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, his Maker: Would you question me about the future, concerning my sons, and command me concerning the work of my hands? I made the earth, and I created man upon it. My hand stretched out the heavens, and I have commanded all their hosts. I have raised him up unto justice, and I will direct all his ways. He himself will build my city and release my captives, but not for ransom or gifts, says the Lord, the God of hosts. Thus says the Lord: The labour of Egypt, and the business dealings of Ethiopia, and of the Sabeans, men of stature, will pass to you and will be yours. They will walk behind you. They will travel, bound in irons. And they will adore you and petition you: “In you alone is God, and there is no God apart from you. Truly, you are a hidden God, the God of Israel, the Savoir.” They have all been confounded and should be ashamed! These fabricators of errors have departed together into confusion! Israel is saved in the Lord by an eternal salvation. You will not be confounded, and you will not be ashamed, even forever and ever…. Amen

 

2nd Reading / Hebrews 3: 1-11

A reading from the  Letter of Saint Paul to Hebrews: Barikh-Mar.

Therefore, holy brothers, sharers in the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession: Jesus. He is faithful to the One who made him, just as Moses also was, with his entire house. For this Jesus was considered worthy of greater glory than Moses, so much so that the house which he has built holds a greater honour than the former one. For every house is built by someone, but God is the One who has created all things. And certainly Moses was faithful, with his entire house, like any servant, as a testimony to those things that would soon be said. Yet truly, Christ is like a Son in his own house. We are that house, if we firmly retain the faithfulness and the glory of hope, even unto the end. Because of this, it is just as the Holy Spirit says: “If today you hear his voice,  harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, the very day of temptation, in the desert,  where your fathers tested me, even though they had seen and examined my works for forty years. For this reason, I was enraged against this generation, and I said: They always wander astray in heart. For they have not known my ways. So it is as I swore in my wrath: They shall not enter into my rest!”

The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.

 

Gospel Reading/ John 1: 1-18

A reading from the Gospel of Saint John:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and God was the Word. He was with God in the beginning. All things were made through Him, and nothing that was made was made without Him. Life was in Him, and Life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. There was a man sent by God, whose name was John. He arrived as a witness to offer testimony about the Light, so that all would believe through him. He was not the Light, but he was to offer testimony about the Light. The true Light, which illuminates every man, was coming into this world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, and the world did not recognize him. He went to his own, and his own did not accept him. Yet whoever did accept him, those who believed in his name, he gave them the power to become the sons of God. These are born, not of blood, nor of the will of flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh, and he lived among us, and we saw his glory, glory like that of an only-begotten Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John offers testimony about him, and he cries out, saying: “This is the one about whom I said: ‘He who is to come after me, has been placed ahead of me, because he existed before me.’ ” And from his fullness, we all have received, even grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one ever saw God; the only-begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he himself has described him.

Priest: Glory be to God for eve .. People: Glory be to the Christ Our Lord