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Feast of the Virgin Mary of the Sowing

Second Sunday after Epiphany

1st. Reading: Acts 18: 12-23

12 When Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews with one accord rose up against Paul and brought him to the judgment seat,

13 saying, “This fellow persuades men to worship God contrary to the law.”

14 And when Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, “If it were a matter of wrongdoing or wicked crimes, O Jews, there would be reason why I should bear with you.

15 But if it is a question of words and names and your own law, look to it yourselves; for I do not want to be a judge of such matters.”

16 And he drove them from the judgment seat.

17 Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment seat. But Gallio took no notice of these things.

18 So Paul still remained a good while. Then he took leave of the brethren and sailed for Syria, and Priscilla and Aquila were with him. He had his hair cut off at Cenchrea, for he had taken a vow.

19 And he came to Ephesus, and left them there; but he himself entered the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews.

20 When they asked him to stay a longer time with them, he did not consent,

21 but took leave of them, saying, “I must by all means keep this coming feast in Jerusalem; but I will return again to you, God willing.” And he sailed from Ephesus.

22 And when he had landed at Caesarea, and gone up and greeted the church, he went down to Antioch.

23 After he had spent some time there, he departed and went over the region of Galatia and Phrygia in order, strengthening all the disciples.

2nd.Reading:Hebrews 7: 1-11

1 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him,

2to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated “king of righteousness,” and then also king of Salem, meaning “king of peace,”

3without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.

4 Now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils.

5 And indeed those who are of the sons of Levi, who receive the priesthood, have a commandment to receive tithes from the people according to the law, that is, from their brethren, though they have come from the loins of Abraham;

6 but he whose genealogy is not derived from them received tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises.

7 Now beyond all contradiction the lesser is blessed by the better.

8 Here mortal men receive tithes, but there he receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives.

9 Even Levi, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, so to speak,

10 for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him.

11 Therefore, if perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be called according to the order of Aaron?

Gospel: Matthew 13 :1-9

1 On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea.

2And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

3 Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow.

4 And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them.

5 Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth.

6 But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away.

7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them.

8 But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

9 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

 Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

تذكار السيدة العذراء لبركة الزرع

الأحد ألثاني بعد الدنح

القرائة الأولى: أعمال 18: 12-23

12 وَلَمَّا كَانَ غَالِيُونُ يَتَوَلَّى أَخَائِيَةَ، قَامَ الْيَهُودُ بِنَفْسٍ وَاحِدَةٍ عَلَى بُولُسَ، وَأَتَوْا بِهِ إِلَى كُرْسِيِّ الْوِلاَيَةِ

13 قَائِلِينَ: «إِنَّ هذَا يَسْتَمِيلُ النَّاسَ أَنْ يَعْبُدُوا اللهَ بِخِلاَفِ النَّامُوسِ».

14 وَإِذْ كَانَ بُولُسُ مُزْمِعًا أَنْ يَفْتَحَ فَاهُ قَالَ غَالِيُونُ لِلْيَهُودِ: «لَوْ كَانَ ظُلْمًا أَوْ خُبْثًا رَدِيًّا أَيُّهَا الْيَهُودُ، لَكُنْتُ بِالْحَقِّ قَدِ احْتَمَلْتُكُمْ.

15 وَلكِنْ إِذَا كَانَ مَسْأَلَةً عَنْ كَلِمَةٍ، وَأَسْمَاءٍ، وَنَامُوسِكُمْ، فَتُبْصِرُونَ أَنْتُمْ. لأَنِّي لَسْتُ أَشَاءُ أَنْ أَكُونَ قَاضِيًا لِهذِهِ الأُمُورِ».

16 فَطَرَدَهُمْ مِنَ الْكُرْسِيِّ.

17 فَأَخَذَ جَمِيعُ الْيُونَانِيِّينَ سُوسْتَانِيسَ رَئِيسَ الْمَجْمَعِ، وَضَرَبُوهُ قُدَّامَ الْكُرْسِيِّ، وَلَمْ يَهُمَّ غَالِيُونَ شَيْءٌ مِنْ ذلِكَ.

18 وَأَمَّا بُولُسُ فَلَبِثَ أَيْضًا أَيَّامًا كَثِيرَةً، ثُمَّ وَدَّعَ الإِخْوَةَ وَسَافَرَ فِي الْبَحْرِ إِلَى سُورِيَّةَ، وَمَعَهُ بِرِيسْكِلاَّ وَأَكِيلاَ، بَعْدَمَا حَلَقَ رَأْسَهُ فِي كَنْخَرِيَا لأَنَّهُ كَانَ عَلَيْهِ نَذْرٌ.

19 فَأَقْبَلَ إِلَى أَفَسُسَ وَتَرَكَهُمَا هُنَاكَ. وَأَمَّا هُوَ فَدَخَلَ الْمَجْمَعَ وَحَاجَّ الْيَهُودَ.

20 وَإِذْ كَانُوا يَطْلُبُونَ أَنْ يَمْكُثَ عِنْدَهُمْ زَمَانًا أَطْوَلَ لَمْ يُجِبْ.

21 بَلْ وَدَّعَهُمْ قَائِلاً: «يَنْبَغِي عَلَى كُلِّ حَال أَنْ أَعْمَلَ الْعِيدَ الْقَادِمَ فِي أُورُشَلِيمَ. وَلكِنْ سَأَرْجِعُ إِلَيْكُمْ أَيْضًا إِنْ شَاءَ اللهُ». فَأَقْلَعَ مِنْ أَفَسُسَ.

22 وَلَمَّا نَزَلَ فِي قَيْصَرِيَّةَ صَعِدَ وَسَلَّمَ عَلَى الْكَنِيسَةِ، ثُمَّ انْحَدَرَ إِلَى أَنْطَاكِيَةَ.

23 وَبَعْدَمَا صَرَفَ زَمَانًا خَرَجَ وَاجْتَازَ بِالتَّتَابُعِ فِي كُورَةِ غَلاَطِيَّةَ وَفِرِيجِيَّةَ يُشَدِّدُ جَمِيعَ التَّلاَمِيذِ.

  القرائة الثانية : عبرانيين  7 : 1 – 11

1 لأَنَّ مَلْكِي صَادَقَ هذَا، مَلِكَ سَالِيمَ، كَاهِنَ اللهِ الْعَلِيِّ، الَّذِي اسْتَقْبَلَ إِبْرَاهِيمَ رَاجِعًا مِنْ كَسْرَةِ الْمُلُوكِ وَبَارَكَهُ،

2 الَّذِي قَسَمَ لَهُ إِبْرَاهِيمُ عُشْرًا مِنْ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ. الْمُتَرْجَمَ أَوَّلاً «مَلِكَ الْبِرِّ» ثُمَّ أَيْضًا «مَلِكَ سَالِيمَ» أَيْ «مَلِكَ السَّلاَمِ»

3 بِلاَ أَبٍ، بِلاَ أُمٍّ، بِلاَ نَسَبٍ. لاَ بَدَاءَةَ أَيَّامٍ لَهُ وَلاَ نِهَايَةَ حَيَاةٍ. بَلْ هُوَ مُشَبَّهٌ بِابْنِ اللهِ. هذَا يَبْقَى كَاهِنًا إِلَى الأَبَدِ.

4 ثُمَّ انْظُرُوا مَا أَعْظَمَ هذَا الَّذِي أَعْطَاهُ إِبْرَاهِيمُ رَئِيسُ الآبَاءِ، عُشْرًا أَيْضًا مِنْ رَأْسِ الْغَنَائِمِ!

5 وَأَمَّا الَّذِينَ هُمْ مِنْ بَنِي لاَوِي، الَّذِينَ يَأْخُذُونَ الْكَهَنُوتَ، فَلَهُمْ وَصِيَّةٌ أَنْ يُعَشِّرُوا الشَّعْبَ بِمُقْتَضَى النَّامُوسِ، أَيْ إِخْوَتَهُمْ، مَعَ أَنَّهُمْ قَدْ خَرَجُوا مِنْ صُلْبِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ.

6 وَلكِنَّ الَّذِي لَيْسَ لَهُ نَسَبٌ مِنْهُمْ قَدْ عَشَّرَ إِبْرَاهِيمَ، وَبَارَكَ الَّذِي لَهُ الْمَوَاعِيدُ!

7 وَبِدُونِ كُلِّ مُشَاجَرَةٍ: الأَصْغَرُ يُبَارَكُ مِنَ الأَكْبَرِ

8 وَهُنَا أُنَاسٌ مَائِتُونَ يَأْخُذُونَ عُشْرًا، وَأَمَّا هُنَاكَ فَالْمَشْهُودُ لَهُ بِأَنَّهُ حَيٌّ.

9 حَتَّى أَقُولُ كَلِمَةً: إِنَّ لاَوِي أَيْضًا الآخِذَ الأَعْشَارَ قَدْ عُشِّرَ بِإِبْرَاهِيمَ.

10 لأَنَّهُ كَانَ بَعْدُ فِي صُلْبِ أَبِيهِ حِينَ اسْتَقْبَلَهُ مَلْكِي صَادَقَ.

11 فَلَوْ كَانَ بِالْكَهَنُوتِ الّلاَوِيِّ كَمَالٌ ­ إِذِ الشَّعْبُ أَخَذَ النَّامُوسَ عَلَيْهِ ­ مَاذَا كَانَتِ الْحَاجَةُ بَعْدُ إِلَى أَنْ يَقُومَ كَاهِنٌ آخَرُ عَلَى رُتْبَةِ مَلْكِي صَادَقَ؟ وَلاَ يُقَالُ عَلَى رُتْبَةِ هَارُونَ.

أنجيل متى:  13 : 1 – 9

1 فِي ذلِكَ الْيَوْمِ خَرَجَ يَسُوعُ مِنَ الْبَيْتِ وَجَلَسَ عِنْدَ الْبَحْرِ،

2 فَاجْتَمَعَ إِلَيْهِ جُمُوعٌ كَثِيرَةٌ، حَتَّى إِنَّهُ دَخَلَ السَّفِينَةَ وَجَلَسَ. وَالْجَمْعُ كُلُّهُ وَقَفَ عَلَى الشَّاطِئِ.

3 فَكَلَّمَهُمْ كَثِيرًا بِأَمْثَال قَائِلاً: «هُوَذَا الزَّارِعُ قَدْ خَرَجَ لِيَزْرَعَ،

4 وَفِيمَا هُوَ يَزْرَعُ سَقَطَ بَعْضٌ عَلَى الطَّرِيقِ، فَجَاءَتِ الطُّيُورُ وَأَكَلَتْهُ.

5 وَسَقَطَ آخَرُ عَلَى الأَمَاكِنِ الْمُحْجِرَةِ، حَيْثُ لَمْ تَكُنْ لَهُ تُرْبَةٌ كَثِيرَةٌ، فَنَبَتَ حَالاً إِذْ لَمْ يَكُنْ لَهُ عُمْقُ أَرْضٍ.

6 وَلكِنْ لَمَّا أَشْرَقَتِ الشَّمْسُ احْتَرَقَ، وَإِذْ لَمْ يَكُنْ لَهُ أَصْلٌ جَفَّ.

7 وَسَقَطَ آخَرُ عَلَى الشَّوْكِ، فَطَلَعَ الشَّوْكُ وَخَنَقَهُ.

8 وَسَقَطَ آخَرُ عَلَى الأَرْضِ الْجَيِّدَةِ فَأَعْطَى ثَمَرًا، بَعْضٌ مِئَةً وَآخَرُ سِتِّينَ وَآخَرُ ثَلاَثِينَ.

9 مَنْ لَهُ أُذُنَانِ لِلسَّمْعِ، فَلْيَسْمَعْ»

07 Jan 2017

Sunday Scripture Readings 1/8/17

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Epiphany (Denho) Baptism of our Lord

1st. Reading: 1 John 5: 1-13

1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. 

2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments.

3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. 

4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith. 

5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 

6This is He who came by water and blood–Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.

7 For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. 

8 And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one. 

9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son. 

10 He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son. 

11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 

12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 

13These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.

2nd. Reading: Hebrews 10: 15-25

15 But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before, 

16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” 

17 then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” 

18 Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin. 

19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 

20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 

21 and having a High Priest over the house of God, 

22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 

23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 

24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 

25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

Gospel: Matthew 7 : 1-17

1 In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 

2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” 

3 For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight.’ ” 

4 And John himself was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. 

5 Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him 

6 and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins. 

7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 

8Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, 

9 and do not think to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. 

10And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 

11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 

12 His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” 

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. 

14 And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?” 

15 But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him. 

16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. 

17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

عيد الدنح (الغطاس)

 القرائة الأولى  : 1 يوحنا 5 : 1-13

 1 كُلُّ مَنْ يُؤْمِنُ أَنَّ يَسُوعَ هُوَ الْمَسِيحُ فَقَدْ وُلِدَ مِنَ اللهِ. وَكُلُّ مَنْ يُحِبُّ الْوَالِدَ يُحِبُّ الْمَوْلُودَ مِنْهُ أَيْضًا.

2 بِهذَا نَعْرِفُ أَنَّنَا نُحِبُّ أَوْلاَدَ اللهِ: إِذَا أَحْبَبْنَا اللهَ وَحَفِظْنَا وَصَايَاهُ.

3 فَإِنَّ هذِهِ هِيَ مَحَبَّةُ اللهِ: أَنْ نَحْفَظَ وَصَايَاهُ. وَوَصَايَاهُ لَيْسَتْ ثَقِيلَةً،

4 لأَنَّ كُلَّ مَنْ وُلِدَ مِنَ اللهِ يَغْلِبُ الْعَالَمَ. وَهذِهِ هِيَ الْغَلَبَةُ الَّتِي تَغْلِبُ الْعَالَمَ: إِيمَانُنَا.

5 مَنْ هُوَ الَّذِي يَغْلِبُ الْعَالَمَ، إِلاَّ الَّذِي يُؤْمِنُ أَنَّ يَسُوعَ هُوَ ابْنُ اللهِ؟

6 هذَا هُوَ الَّذِي أَتَى بِمَاءٍ وَدَمٍ، يَسُوعُ الْمَسِيحُ. لاَ بِالْمَاءِ فَقَطْ، بَلْ بِالْمَاءِ وَالدَّمِ. وَالرُّوحُ هُوَ الَّذِي يَشْهَدُ، لأَنَّ الرُّوحَ هُوَ الْحَقُّ.

7 فَإِنَّ الَّذِينَ يَشْهَدُونَ فِي السَّمَاءِ هُمْ ثَلاَثَةٌ: الآبُ، وَالْكَلِمَةُ، وَالرُّوحُ الْقُدُسُ. وَهؤُلاَءِ الثَّلاَثَةُ هُمْ وَاحِدٌ.

8 وَالَّذِينَ يَشْهَدُونَ فِي الأَرْضِ هُمْ ثَلاَثَةٌ: الرُّوحُ، وَالْمَاءُ، وَالدَّمُ. وَالثَّلاَثَةُ هُمْ فِي الْوَاحِدِ.

9 إِنْ كُنَّا نَقْبَلُ شَهَادَةَ النَّاسِ، فَشَهَادَةُ اللهِ أَعْظَمُ، لأَنَّ هذِهِ هِيَ شَهَادَةُ اللهِ الَّتِي قَدْ شَهِدَ بِهَا عَنِ ابْنِهِ.

10 مَنْ يُؤْمِنُ بِابْنِ اللهِ فَعِنْدَهُ الشَّهَادَةُ فِي نَفْسِهِ. مَنْ لاَ يُصَدِّقُ اللهَ، فَقَدْ جَعَلَهُ كَاذِبًا، لأَنَّهُ لَمْ يُؤْمِنْ بِالشَّهَادَةِ الَّتِي قَدْ شَهِدَ بِهَا اللهُ عَنِ ابْنِهِ.

11 وَهذِهِ هِيَ الشَّهَادَةُ: أَنَّ اللهَ أَعْطَانَا حَيَاةً أَبَدِيَّةً، وَهذِهِ الْحَيَاةُ هِيَ فِي ابْنِهِ.

12 مَنْ لَهُ الابْنُ فَلَهُ الْحَيَاةُ، وَمَنْ لَيْسَ لَهُ ابْنُ اللهِ فَلَيْسَتْ لَهُ الْحَيَاةُ.

13 كَتَبْتُ هذَا إِلَيْكُمْ، أَنْتُمُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ بِاسْمِ ابْنِ اللهِ، لِكَيْ تَعْلَمُوا أَنَّ لَكُمْ حَيَاةً أَبَدِيَّةً، وَلِكَيْ تُؤْمِنُوا بِاسْمِ ابْنِ اللهِ.

القرائة الثانية  :عبرانين 10 : 15-25

15 وَيَشْهَدُ لَنَا الرُّوحُ الْقُدُسُ أَيْضًا. لأَنَّهُ بَعْدَمَا قَالَ سَابِقًا:

16 «هذَا هُوَ الْعَهْدُ الَّذِي أَعْهَدُهُ مَعَهُمْ بَعْدَ تِلْكَ الأَيَّامِ، يَقُولُ الرَّبُّ، أَجْعَلُ نَوَامِيسِي فِي قُلُوبِهِمْ وَأَكْتُبُهَا فِي أَذْهَانِهِمْ

17 وَلَنْ أَذْكُرَ خَطَايَاهُمْ وَتَعَدِّيَاتِهِمْ فِي مَا بَعْدُ».

18 وَإِنَّمَا حَيْثُ تَكُونُ مَغْفِرَةٌ لِهذِهِ لاَ يَكُونُ بَعْدُ قُرْبَانٌ عَنِ الْخَطِيَّةِ.

19 فَإِذْ لَنَا أَيُّهَا الإِخْوَةُ ثِقَةٌ بِالدُّخُولِ إِلَى «الأَقْدَاسِ» بِدَمِ يَسُوعَ،

20 طَرِيقًا كَرَّسَهُ لَنَا حَدِيثًا حَيًّا، بِالْحِجَابِ، أَيْ جَسَدِهِ،

21 وَكَاهِنٌ عَظِيمٌ عَلَى بَيْتِ اللهِ،

22 لِنَتَقَدَّمْ بِقَلْبٍ صَادِق فِي يَقِينِ الإِيمَانِ، مَرْشُوشَةً قُلُوبُنَا مِنْ ضَمِيرٍ شِرِّيرٍ، وَمُغْتَسِلَةً أَجْسَادُنَا بِمَاءٍ نَقِيٍّ.

23 لِنَتَمَسَّكْ بِإِقْرَارِ الرَّجَاءِ رَاسِخًا، لأَنَّ الَّذِي وَعَدَ هُوَ أَمِينٌ.

24 وَلْنُلاَحِظْ بَعْضُنَا بَعْضًا لِلتَّحْرِيضِ عَلَى الْمَحَبَّةِ وَالأَعْمَالِ الْحَسَنَةِ،

25 غَيْرَ تَارِكِينَ اجْتِمَاعَنَا كَمَا لِقَوْمٍ عَادَةٌ، بَلْ وَاعِظِينَ بَعْضُنَا بَعْضًا، وَبِالأَكْثَرِ عَلَى قَدْرِ مَا تَرَوْنَ الْيَوْمَ يَقْرُبُ،

قرائة الإنجيل : متى 3: 1-17

1 وَفِي تِلْكَ الأَيَّامِ جَاءَ يُوحَنَّا الْمَعْمَدَانُ يَكْرِزُ فِي بَرِّيَّةِ الْيَهُودِيَّةِ
2 قَائِلاً: «تُوبُوا، لأَنَّهُ قَدِ اقْتَرَبَ مَلَكُوتُ السَّماوَاتِ.
3 فَإِنَّ هذَا هُوَ الَّذِي قِيلَ عَنْهُ بِإِشَعْيَاءَ النَّبِيِّ الْقَائِلِ: صَوْتُ صَارِخٍ فِي الْبَرِّيَّةِ: أَعِدُّوا طَرِيقَ الرَّبِّ. اصْنَعُوا سُبُلَهُ مُسْتَقِيمَةً».
4 وَيُوحَنَّا هذَا كَانَ لِبَاسُهُ مِنْ وَبَرِ الإِبِلِ، وَعَلَى حَقْوَيْهِ مِنْطَقَةٌ مِنْ جِلْدٍ. وَكَانَ طَعَامُهُ جَرَادًا وَعَسَلاً بَرِّيًّا.
5 حِينَئِذٍ خَرَجَ إِلَيْهِ أُورُشَلِيمُ وَكُلُّ الْيَهُودِيَّةِ وَجَمِيعُ الْكُورَةِ الْمُحِيطَةِ بِالأُرْدُنِّ،
6 وَاعْتَمَدُوا مِنْهُ فِي الأُرْدُنِّ، مُعْتَرِفِينَ بِخَطَايَاهُمْ.
7 فَلَمَّا رَأَى كَثِيرِينَ مِنَ الْفَرِّيسِيِّينَ وَالصَّدُّوقِيِّينَ يَأْتُونَ إِلَى مَعْمُودِيَّتِهِ، قَالَ لَهُمْ: «يَا أَوْلاَدَ الأَفَاعِي، مَنْ أَرَاكُمْ أَنْ تَهْرُبُوا مِنَ الْغَضَبِ الْآتِي؟
8 فَاصْنَعُوا أَثْمَارًا تَلِيقُ بِالتَّوْبَةِ.
9 وَلاَ تَفْتَكِرُوا أَنْ تَقُولُوا فِي أَنْفُسِكُمْ: لَنَا إِبْراهِيمُ أَبًا. لأَنِّي أَقُولُ لَكُمْ: إِنَّ اللهَ قَادِرٌ أَنْ يُقِيمَ مِنْ هذِهِ الْحِجَارَةِ أَوْلاَدًا لإِبْراهِيمَ.
10 وَالآنَ قَدْ وُضِعَتِ الْفَأْسُ عَلَى أَصْلِ الشَّجَرِ، فَكُلُّ شَجَرَةٍ لاَ تَصْنَعُ ثَمَرًا جَيِّدًا تُقْطَعُ وَتُلْقَى فِي النَّارِ.
11 أَنَا أُعَمِّدُكُمْ بِمَاءٍ لِلتَّوْبَةِ، وَلكِنِ الَّذِي يَأْتِي بَعْدِي هُوَ أَقْوَى مِنِّي، الَّذِي لَسْتُ أَهْلاً أَنْ أَحْمِلَ حِذَاءَهُ. هُوَ سَيُعَمِّدُكُمْ بِالرُّوحِ الْقُدُسِ وَنَارٍ.
12 الَّذِي رَفْشُهُ فِي يَدِهِ، وَسَيُنَقِّي بَيْدَرَهُ، وَيَجْمَعُ قَمْحَهُ إِلَى الْمَخْزَنِ، وَأَمَّا التِّبْنُ فَيُحْرِقُهُ بِنَارٍ لاَ تُطْفَأُ».
13 حِينَئِذٍ جَاءَ يَسُوعُ مِنَ الْجَلِيلِ إِلَى الأُرْدُنِّ إِلَى يُوحَنَّا لِيَعْتَمِدَ مِنْهُ.
14 وَلكِنْ يُوحَنَّا مَنَعَهُ قَائِلاً: «أَنَا مُحْتَاجٌ أَنْ أَعْتَمِدَ مِنْكَ، وَأَنْتَ تَأْتِي إِلَيَّ!»
15 فَأَجَابَ يَسُوعُ وَقَالَ لَهُ: «اسْمَحِ الآنَ، لأَنَّهُ هكَذَا يَلِيقُ بِنَا أَنْ نُكَمِّلَ كُلَّ بِرّ». حِينَئِذٍ سَمَحَ لَهُ.
16 فَلَمَّا اعْتَمَدَ يَسُوعُ صَعِدَ لِلْوَقْتِ مِنَ الْمَاءِ، وَإِذَا السَّمَاوَاتُ قَدِ انْفَتَحَتْ لَهُ، فَرَأَى رُوحَ اللهِ نَازِلاً مِثْلَ حَمَامَةٍ وَآتِيًا عَلَيْهِ،
17 وَصَوْتٌ مِنَ السَّمَاوَاتِ قَائِلاً: « هذَا هُوَ ابْني الْحَبِيبُ الَّذِي بِهِ سُرِرْتُ».

Sayings of the Saints

Whoever does not wean oneself from the love of the world cannot taste the sweetness of God’s love.من لم يفطم نفسه من حب الدنيا لايستطيع أن يتذوق حلاوة محبة الله

— Saint Isaac the Syrian مار اسحق السرياني
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