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Sunday Scripture Readings 9/3/17

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Fourth of the Latter Sundays

1st Reading : 2 Peter 3: 1-13

1 Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), 

2 that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior,

3 knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, 

4 and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” 

5 For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, 

6 by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. 

7 But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. 

8 But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 

10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 

11Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 

12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 

13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

2nd Reading: Romans 15: 1-10

1 We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 

2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification. 

3 For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.” 

4 For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. 

5 Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, 

6 that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

7Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God. 

8 Now I say that Jesus Christ has become a servant to the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to the fathers, 

9 and that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy, as it is written: “For this reason I will confess to You among the Gentiles, And sing to Your name.” 

10 And again he says: “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people!”

Gospel: Mark 10: 35-45

35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Him, saying, “Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask.”

36 And He said to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?”

37 They said to Him, “Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on Your left, in Your glory.”

38 But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?”

39 They said to Him, “We are able.”

So Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink the cup that I drink, and with the baptism I am baptized with you will be baptized; 40 but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared.”

41 And when the ten heard it, they began to be greatly displeased with James and John. 42 But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 43 Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. 44 And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Third of the Latter Sundays of Easter

1st. Reading: James 5: 7-13

7 Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. 

8 You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. 

9 Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door! 

10 My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. 

11 Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord–that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful. 

12 But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your “Yes,” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No,” lest you fall into judgment. 

13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.

2nd. Reading: 2 Corinthians 1: 15-23

15 And in this confidence I intended to come to you before, that you might have a second benefit– 

16 to pass by way of you to Macedonia, to come again from Macedonia to you, and be helped by you on my way to Judea.

17 Therefore, when I was planning this, did I do it lightly? Or the things I plan, do I plan according to the flesh, that with me there should be Yes, Yes, and No, No? 

18 But as God is faithful, our word to you was not Yes and No. 

19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us–by me, Silvanus, and Timothy–was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes. 

20 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. 

21 Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, 

22 who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. 

23 Moreover I call God as witness against my soul, that to spare you I came no more to Corinth.

Gospel: Mark 12: 38-44

38 Then He said to them in His teaching, “Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces, 

39 the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts, 

40 who devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation.” 

41Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. 

42Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans. 

43 So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; 

44 for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.”

الأحد الثالث من الآحاد الأخيرة للقيامة

 القرائة الأولى : يعقوب 5 : 7 – 13

7 فَتَأَنَّوْا أَيُّهَا الإِخْوَةُ إِلَى مَجِيءِ الرَّبِّ. هُوَذَا الْفَلاَحُ يَنْتَظِرُ ثَمَرَ الأَرْضِ الثَّمِينَ، مُتَأَنِّيًا عَلَيْهِ حَتَّى يَنَالَ الْمَطَرَ الْمُبَكِّرَ وَالْمُتَأَخِّرَ.

8 فَتَأَنَّوْا أَنْتُمْ وَثَبِّتُوا قُلُوبَكُمْ، لأَنَّ مَجِيءَ الرَّبِّ قَدِ اقْتَرَبَ.

9 لاَ يَئِنَّ بَعْضُكُمْ عَلَى بَعْضٍ أَيُّهَا الإِخْوَةُ لِئَلاَّ تُدَانُوا. هُوَذَا الدَّيَّانُ وَاقِفٌ قُدَّامَ الْبَابِ.

10 خُذُوا يَا إِخْوَتِي مِثَالاً لاحْتِمَالِ الْمَشَقَّاتِ وَالأَنَاةِ: الأَنْبِيَاءَ الَّذِينَ تَكَلَّمُوا بِاسْمِ الرَّبِّ.

11 هَا نَحْنُ نُطَوِّبُ الصَّابِرِينَ. قَدْ سَمِعْتُمْ بِصَبْرِ أَيُّوبَ وَرَأَيْتُمْ عَاقِبَةَ الرَّبِّ. لأَنَّ الرَّبَّ كَثِيرُ الرَّحْمَةِ وَرَؤُوفٌ.

12 وَلكِنْ قَبْلَ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ يَا إِخْوَتِي، لاَ تَحْلِفُوا، لاَ بِالسَّمَاءِ، وَلاَ بِالأَرْضِ، وَلاَ بِقَسَمٍ آخَرَ. بَلْ لِتَكُنْ نَعَمْكُمْ نَعَمْ، وَلاَكُمْ لاَ، لِئَلاَّ تَقَعُوا تَحْتَ دَيْنُونَةٍ.

13 أَعَلَى أَحَدٍ بَيْنَكُمْ مَشَقَّاتٌ؟ فَلْيُصَلِّ. أَمَسْرُورٌ أَحَدٌ؟ فَلْيُرَتِّلْ.

 القرائة الثانية : 2 كورنثوس 1 : 15 –  23

15 وَبِهذِهِ الثِّقَةِ كُنْتُ أَشَاءُ أَنْ آتِيَ إِلَيْكُمْ أَوَّلاً، لِتَكُونَ لَكُمْ نِعْمَةٌ ثَانِيَةٌ.

16 وَأَنْ أَمُرَّ بِكُمْ إِلَى مَكِدُونِيَّةَ، وَآتِيَ أَيْضًا مِنْ مَكِدُونِيَّةَ إِلَيْكُمْ، وَأُشَيَّعَ مِنْكُمْ إِلَى الْيَهُودِيَّةِ.

17 فَإِذْ أَنَا عَازِمٌ عَلَى هذَا، أَلَعَلِّي اسْتَعْمَلْتُ الْخِفَّةَ؟ أَمْ أَعْزِمُ عَلَى مَا أَعْزِمُ بِحَسَبِ الْجَسَدِ، كَيْ يَكُونَ عِنْدِي نَعَمْ نَعَمْ وَلاَ لاَ؟

18 لكِنْ أَمِينٌ هُوَ اللهُ إِنَّ كَلاَمَنَا لَكُمْ لَمْ يَكُنْ نَعَمْ وَلاَ.

19 لأَنَّ ابْنَ اللهِ يَسُوعَ الْمَسِيحَ، الَّذِي كُرِزَ بِهِ بَيْنَكُمْ بِوَاسِطَتِنَا، أَنَا وَسِلْوَانُسَ وَتِيمُوثَاوُسَ، لَمْ يَكُنْ نَعَمْ وَلاَ، بَلْ قَدْ كَانَ فِيهِ نَعَمْ.

20 لأَنْ مَهْمَا كَانَتْ مَوَاعِيدُ اللهِ فَهُوَ فِيهِ «النَّعَمْ» وَفِيهِ «الآمِينُ»، لِمَجْدِ اللهِ، بِوَاسِطَتِنَا.

21 وَلكِنَّ الَّذِي يُثَبِّتُنَا مَعَكُمْ فِي الْمَسِيحِ، وَقَدْ مَسَحَنَا، هُوَ اللهُ

22 الَّذِي خَتَمَنَا أَيْضًا، وَأَعْطَى عَرْبُونَ الرُّوحِ فِي قُلُوبِنَا.

23 وَلكِنِّي أَسْتَشْهِدُ اللهَ عَلَى نَفْسِي، أَنِّي إِشْفَاقًا عَلَيْكُمْ لَمْ آتِ إِلَى كُورِنْثُوسَ.

إنجيل مرقس 12 : 38 – 44

38 وَقَالَ لَهُمْ فِي تَعْلِيمِهِ: «تَحَرَّزُوا مِنَ الْكَتَبَةِ، الَّذِينَ يَرْغَبُونَ الْمَشْيَ بِالطَّيَالِسَةِ، وَالتَّحِيَّاتِ فِي الأَسْوَاقِ،

39 وَالْمَجَالِسَ الأُولَى فِي الْمَجَامِعِ، وَالْمُتَّكَآتِ الأُولَى فِي الْوَلاَئِمِ.

40 الَّذِينَ يَأْكُلُونَ بُيُوتَ الأَرَامِلِ، وَلِعِلَّةٍ يُطِيلُونَ الصَّلَوَاتِ. هؤُلاَءِ يَأْخُذُونَ دَيْنُونَةً أَعْظَمَ».

41 وَجَلَسَ يَسُوعُ تُجَاهَ الْخِزَانَةِ، وَنَظَرَ كَيْفَ يُلْقِي الْجَمْعُ نُحَاسًا فِي الْخِزَانَةِ. وَكَانَ أَغْنِيَاءُ كَثِيرُونَ يُلْقُونَ كَثِيرًا.

42 فَجَاءَتْ أَرْمَلَةٌ فَقِيرَةٌ وَأَلْقَتْ فَلْسَيْنِ، قِيمَتُهُمَا رُبْعٌ.

43 فَدَعَا تَلاَمِيذَهُ وَقَالَ لَهُمُ: «الْحَقَّ أَقُولُ لَكُمْ: إِنَّ هذِهِ الأَرْمَلَةَ الْفَقِيرَةَ قَدْ أَلْقَتْ أَكْثَرَ مِنْ جَمِيعِ الَّذِينَ أَلْقَوْا فِي الْخِزَانَةِ،

44 لأَنَّ الْجَمِيعَ مِنْ فَضْلَتِهِمْ أَلْقَوْا. وَأَمَّا هذِهِ فَمِنْ إِعْوَازِهَا أَلْقَتْ كُلَّ مَا عِنْدَهَا، كُلَّ مَعِيشَتِهَا».

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Sayings of the Saints

Whoever has mercy on a poor person, God’s mercy will hold him, and whoever
becomes poor for God’s sake will find treasures that will not run out.
من یرحم فقیرا تتلقفه عنایة لله ، ومن یفتقر من أجل لله یجد كنوزا لا تفرغ

— Saint Isaac the Syrian مار اسحق السرياني
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