Quote of the Week
‘Lord, if you are willing, you can cleanse me.’
7th Sunday after the Epiphay. (Dinha)
19th of February 2017
1st Reading / Isaiah 42: 5-9; 14- 17
A reading from the Prophet Isaiah: Barikh-Mar.
Thus says God, Yahweh, who created the heavens and spread them out, who hammered into shape the earth and what comes from it, who gave breath to the people on it, and spirit to those who walk on it: I, Yahweh, have called you in saving justice, I have grasped you by the hand and shaped you; I have made you a covenant of the people and light to the nations, to open the eyes of the blind, to free captives from prison, and those who live in darkness from the dungeon. I am Yahweh, that is my name! I shall not yield my glory to another, nor my honour to idols. ‘From long ago I have been silent, I have kept quiet, held myself in check, groaning like a woman in labour, panting and gasping for air. I shall ravage mountain and hill, shall wither all their vegetation; I shall turn the torrents into firm ground and dry up the marshes. I shall lead the blind by a road they do not know, by paths they do not know I shall conduct them. I shall turn the darkness into light before them and the quagmires into solid ground. This I shall do — without fail.’ Those who trust in idols will recoil, they will blush for shame, who say to metal images, ‘You are our gods.’…….Amen
2nd Reading/ 1Timothy 6: 9- 16
A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Timothy: Barikh-Mar.
People who long to be rich are a prey to trial; they get trapped into all sorts of foolish and harmful ambitions which plunge people into ruin and destruction. ‘The love of money is the root of all evils’ and there are some who, pursuing it, have wandered away from the faith and so given their souls any number of fatal wounds. But, as someone dedicated to God, avoid all that. You must aim to be upright and religious, filled with faith and love, perseverance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith and win the eternal life to which you were called and for which you made your noble profession of faith before many witnesses. Now, before God, the source of all life, and before Jesus Christ, who witnessed to his noble profession of faith before Pontius Pilate, I charge you to do all that you have been told, with no faults or failures, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who at the due time will be revealed by God, the blessed and only Ruler of all, the King of kings and the Lord of lords, who alone is immortal, whose home is in inaccessible light, whom no human being has seen or is able to see: to him be honour and everlasting power. Amen.
The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.
Gospel Reading/ Matthew 7: 28-8: 4
A reading from the Gospel of Saint Matthew.
Jesus had now finished what he wanted to say, and his teaching made a deep impression on the people because he taught them with authority, unlike their own scribes. After he had come down from the mountain large crowds followed him. Suddenly a man with a virulent skin-disease came up and bowed low in front of him, saying, ‘Lord, if you are willing, you can cleanse me.’ Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him saying, ‘I am willing. Be cleansed.’ And his skin-disease was cleansed at once. Then Jesus said to him, ‘Mind you tell no one, but go and show yourself to the priest and make the offering prescribed by Moses, as evidence to them.’
P/Glory be to God forever.. PP/ Glory be to the Christ Our Lord