Readings: 4th Sunday after the Epiphany

Quote of the Week

“Rabbi, you are the Son of God. You are the King of Israel.”

 

4th Sunday after the Epiphany.(Dinha)

29 January 2017

 1st Reading/ Isaiah 46: 5-8, 12-13

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

To whom would you like me, or equate me, or compare me, or consider me to be similar? You take gold from a bag, and you weigh silver on a scale, so as to hire a goldsmith to make a god. And they fall prostrate and adore. They carry him on their shoulders, supporting him, and they set him in his place. And he will stand still and will not move from his place. But even when they will cry out to him, he will not hear. He will not save them from tribulation. Remember this, and be confounded. Return, you transgressors, to the heart. Hear me, you who are hard of heart, who are far from justice! I have brought my justice near. It will not be far away, and my salvation will not be delayed. I will grant salvation in Zion, and my glory in Israel…………. Amen.

 

2nd Reading/ Hebrews 7: 18- 28

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

Certainly, there is a setting aside of the former commandment, because of its weakness and lack of usefulness. For the law led no one to perfection, yet truly it introduced a better hope, through which we draw near to God. Moreover, it is not without an oath. For certainly, the others were made priests without an oath. But this man was made a priest with an oath, by the One who said to him: “The Lord has sworn and he will not repent. You are a priest forever.” By so much, Jesus has been made the sponsor of a better testament. And certainly, so many of the others became priests because, due to death, they were prohibited from continuing. But this man, because he continues forever, has an everlasting priesthood. And for this reason, he is able, continuously, to save those who approach God through him, since he is ever alive to make intercession on our behalf.  For it was fitting that we should have such a High Priest: holy, innocent, undefiled, set apart from sinners, and exalted higher than the heavens. And he has no need, daily, in the manner of other priests, to offer sacrifices, first for his own sins, and then for those of the people. For he has done this once, by offering himself.

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

 

3rd Reading/ Gospel John 1: 43- 51

A reading from the Gospel of Saint John:

On the next day, he wanted to go into Galilee, and he found Philip. And Jesus said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael, and he said to him, “We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the Law and the Prophets: Jesus, the son of Joseph, from Nazareth.” And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good be from Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, and he said about him, “Behold, an Israelite in whom truly there is no deceit.” Nathanael said to him, “From where do you know me?” Jesus responded and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael answered him and said: “Rabbi, you are the Son of God. You are the King of Israel.” Jesus responded and said to him: “Because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree, you believe. Greater things than these, you will see.” And he said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the Angels of God ascending and descending over the Son of man.”

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