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Second of the Middle Sundays of Easter

1st Reading: Acts 19: 13-22

13 Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.” 

14 Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so. 

15 And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” 

16 Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. 

17 This became known both to all Jews and Greeks dwelling in Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. 

18 And many who had believed came confessing and telling their deeds. 

19 Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted up the value of them, and it totaled fifty thousand pieces of silver. 

20 So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed. 

21 When these things were accomplished, Paul purposed in the Spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, “After I have been there, I must also see Rome.” 

22 So he sent into Macedonia two of those who ministered to him, Timothy and Erastus, but he himself stayed in Asia for a time.

 2nd.  Reading: 1 Corinthians 3: 16-23

16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 

17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are. 

18 Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. 

19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness”; 

20 and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” 

21 Therefore let no one boast in men. For all things are yours: 

22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or things present or things to come–all are yours. 

23 And you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.

 Gospel: Mark 6: 4-13

4 But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.”

Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them.

6 And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching.

7 And He called the twelve to Himself, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them power over unclean spirits.

8 He commanded them to take nothing for the journey except a staff–no bag, no bread, no copper in their money belts–

9 but to wear sandals, and not to put on two tunics.

10 Also He said to them, “In whatever place you enter a house, stay there till you depart from that place.

11 And whoever will not receive you nor hear you, when you depart from there, shake off the dust under your feet as a testimony against them. Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!”

12So they went out and preached that people should repent.

13 And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them.

 الأحد الثاني من الآحاد المتوسطة للقيامة

أعمال 19 : 13 – 22

13 فَشَرَعَ قَوْمٌ مِنَ الْيَهُودِ الطَّوَّافِينَ الْمُعَزِّمِينَ أَنْ يُسَمُّوا عَلَى الَّذِينَ بِهِمِ الأَرْوَاحُ الشِّرِّيرَةُ بِاسْمِ الرَّبِّ يَسُوعَ، قَائِلِينَ: «نُقْسِمُ عَلَيْكَ بِيَسُوعَ الَّذِي يَكْرِزُ بِهِ بُولُسُ!»

14 وَكَانَ سَبْعَةُ بَنِينَ لِسَكَاوَا، رَجُل يَهُودِيٍّ رَئِيسِ كَهَنَةٍ، الَّذِينَ فَعَلُوا هذَا.

15 فَأَجَابَ الرُّوحُ الشِّرِّيرُ وَقَالَ: «أَمَّا يَسُوعُ فَأَنَا أَعْرِفُهُ، وَبُولُسُ أَنَا أَعْلَمُهُ، وَأَمَّا أَنْتُمْ فَمَنْ أَنْتُمْ؟»

16 فَوَثَبَ عَلَيْهِمُ الإِنْسَانُ الَّذِي كَانَ فِيهِ الرُّوحُ الشِّرِّيرُ، وَغَلَبَهُمْ وَقَوِيَ عَلَيْهِمْ، حَتَّى هَرَبُوا مِنْ ذلِكَ الْبَيْتِ عُرَاةً وَمُجَرَّحِينَ.

17 وَصَارَ هذَا مَعْلُومًا عِنْدَ جَمِيعِ الْيَهُودِ وَالْيُونَانِيِّينَ السَّاكِنِينَ فِي أَفَسُسَ. فَوَقَعَ خَوْفٌ عَلَى جَمِيعِهِمْ، وَكَانَ اسْمُ الرَّبِّ يَسُوعَ يَتَعَظَّمُ.

18 وَكَانَ كَثِيرُونَ مِنَ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا يَأْتُونَ مُقِرِّينَ وَمُخْبِرِينَ بِأَفْعَالِهِمْ،

19 وَكَانَ كَثِيرُونَ مِنَ الَّذِينَ يَسْتَعْمِلُونَ السِّحْرَ يَجْمَعُونَ الْكُتُبَ وَيُحَرِّقُونَهَا أَمَامَ الْجَمِيعِ. وَحَسَبُوا أَثْمَانَهَا فَوَجَدُوهَا خَمْسِينَ أَلْفًا مِنَ الْفِضَّةِ.

20 هكَذَا كَانَتْ كَلِمَةُ الرَّبِّ تَنْمُو وَتَقْوَى بِشِدَّةٍ.

21 وَلَمَّا كَمِلَتْ هذِهِ الأُمُورُ، وَضَعَ بُولُسُ فِي نَفْسِهِ أَنَّهُ بَعْدَمَا يَجْتَازُ فِي مَكِدُونِيَّةَ وَأَخَائِيَةَ يَذْهَبُ إِلَى أُورُشَلِيمَ، قَائِلاً: «إِنِّي بَعْدَ مَا أَصِيرُ هُنَاكَ يَنْبَغِي أَنْ أَرَى رُومِيَةَ أَيْضًا».

22 فَأَرْسَلَ إِلَى مَكِدُونِيَّةَ اثْنَيْنِ مِنَ الَّذِينَ كَانُوا يَخْدِمُونَهُ: تِيمُوثَاوُسَ وَأَرَسْطُوسَ، وَلَبِثَ هُوَ زَمَانًا فِي أَسِيَّا.

1 كورونثوس 3: 16 – 23

16 أَمَا تَعْلَمُونَ أَنَّكُمْ هَيْكَلُ اللهِ، وَرُوحُ اللهِ يَسْكُنُ فِيكُمْ؟

17 إِنْ كَانَ أَحَدٌ يُفْسِدُ هَيْكَلَ اللهِ فَسَيُفْسِدُهُ اللهُ، لأَنَّ هَيْكَلَ اللهِ مُقَدَّسٌ الَّذِي أَنْتُمْ هُوَ.

18 لاَ يَخْدَعَنَّ أَحَدٌ نَفْسَهُ. إِنْ كَانَ أَحَدٌ يَظُنُّ أَنَّهُ حَكِيمٌ بَيْنَكُمْ فِي هذَا الدَّهْرِ، فَلْيَصِرْ جَاهِلاً لِكَيْ يَصِيرَ حَكِيمًا!

19 لأَنَّ حِكْمَةَ هذَا الْعَالَمِ هِيَ جَهَالَةٌ عِنْدَ اللهِ، لأَنَّهُ مَكْتُوبٌ: «الآخِذُ الْحُكَمَاءَ بِمَكْرِهِمْ».

20 وَأَيْضًا: «الرَّبُّ يَعْلَمُ أَفْكَارَ الْحُكَمَاءِ أَنَّهَا بَاطِلَةٌ».

21 إِذًا لاَ يَفْتَخِرَنَّ أَحَدٌ بِالنَّاسِ! فَإِنَّ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ لَكُمْ:

22 أَبُولُسُ، أَمْ أَبُلُّوسُ، أَمْ صَفَا، أَمِ الْعَالَمُ، أَمِ الْحَيَاةُ، أَمِ الْمَوْتُ، أَمِ الأَشْيَاءُ الْحَاضِرَةُ، أَمِ الْمُسْتَقْبِلَةُ. كُلُّ شَيْءٍ لَكُمْ.

23 وَأَمَّا أَنْتُمْ فَلِلْمَسِيحِ، وَالْمَسِيحُ للهِ.

قرائة الإنجيل : مرقس 6 : 4 – 13

4 فَقَالَ لَهُمْ يَسُوعُ: «لَيْسَ نَبِيٌّ بِلاَ كَرَامَةٍ إِلاَّ فِي وَطَنِهِ وَبَيْنَ أَقْرِبَائِهِ وَفِي بَيْتِهِ».

5 وَلَمْ يَقْدِرْ أَنْ يَصْنَعَ هُنَاكَ وَلاَ قُوَّةً وَاحِدَةً، غَيْرَ أَنَّهُ وَضَعَ يَدَيْهِ عَلَى مَرْضَى قَلِيلِينَ فَشَفَاهُمْ.

6 وَتَعَجَّبَ مِنْ عَدَمِ إِيمَانِهِمْ. وَصَارَ يَطُوفُ الْقُرَى الْمُحِيطَةَ يُعَلِّمُ.

7 وَدَعَا الاثْنَيْ عَشَرَ وَابْتَدَأَ يُرْسِلُهُمُ اثْنَيْنِ اثْنَيْنِ، وَأَعْطَاهُمْ سُلْطَانًا عَلَى الأَرْوَاحِ النَّجِسَةِ،

8 وَأَوْصَاهُمْ أَنْ لاَ يَحْمِلُوا شَيْئًا لِلطَّرِيقِ غَيْرَ عَصًا فَقَطْ، لاَ مِزْوَدًا وَلاَ خُبْزًا وَلاَ نُحَاسًا فِي الْمِنْطَقَةِ.

9 بَلْ يَكُونُوا مَشْدُودِينَ بِنِعَال، وَلاَ يَلْبَسُوا ثَوْبَيْنِ.

10 وَقَالَ لَهُمْ: «حَيْثُمَا دَخَلْتُمْ بَيْتًا فَأَقِيمُوا فِيهِ حَتَّى تَخْرُجُوا مِنْ هُنَاكَ.

11 وَكُلُّ مَنْ لاَ يَقْبَلُكُمْ وَلاَ يَسْمَعُ لَكُمْ، فَاخْرُجُوا مِنْ هُنَاكَ وَانْفُضُوا التُّرَابَ الَّذِي تَحْتَ أَرْجُلِكُمْ شَهَادَةً عَلَيْهِمْ. اَلْحَقَّ أَقُولُ لَكُمْ: سَتَكُونُ لأَرْضِ سَدُومَ وَعَمُورَةَ يَوْمَ الدِّينِ حَالَةٌ أَكْثَرُ احْتِمَالاً مِمَّا لِتِلْكَ الْمَدِينَةِ».

12 فَخَرَجُوا وَصَارُوا يَكْرِزُونَ أَنْ يَتُوبُوا.

13 وَأَخْرَجُوا شَيَاطِينَ كَثِيرَةً، وَدَهَنُوا بِزَيْتٍ مَرْضَى كَثِيرِينَ فَشَفَوْهُمْ.

Sayings of the Saints

God loves each one of us as if we are the only one in the universe.
الله يحب كل إنسان كما لو كان وحده فى الكون

— Saint Augustine القديس أغسطينوس
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