06 Jul 2018
Fifth of the Middle Sundays of Easter
1st Reading: Acts 27: 9-26
9 Now when much time had been spent, and sailing was now dangerous because the Fast was already over, Paul advised them,
10 saying, “Men, I perceive that this voyage will end with disaster and much loss, not only of the cargo and ship, but also our lives.”
11 Nevertheless the centurion was more persuaded by the helmsman and the owner of the ship than by the things spoken by Paul.
12 And because the harbor was not suitable to winter in, the majority advised to set sail from there also, if by any means they could reach Phoenix, a harbor of Crete opening toward the southwest and northwest, and winter there.
13 When the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their desire, putting out to sea, they sailed close by Crete.
14 But not long after, a tempestuous head wind arose, called Euroclydon.
15 So when the ship was caught, and could not head into the wind, we let her drive.
16 And running under the shelter of an island called Clauda, we secured the skiff with difficulty.
17When they had taken it on board, they used cables to undergird the ship; and fearing lest they should run aground on the SyrtisSands, they struck sail and so were driven.
18 And because we were exceedingly tempest-tossed, the next day they lightened the ship.
19 On the third day we threw the ship’s tackle overboard with our own hands.
20 Now when neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest beat on us, all hope that we would be saved was finally given up.
21 But after long abstinence from food, then Paul stood in the midst of them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me, and not have sailed from Crete and incurred this disaster and loss.
22 And now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship.
23 For there stood by me this night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve,
24 saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you.’
25 Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me.
26 However, we must run aground on a certain island.”
2nd. Reading: 1Corinthians 6: 1-11
1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints?
2 Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
3 Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?
4 If then you have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge?
5 I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren?
6 But brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers!
7 Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another. Why do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not rather let yourselves be cheated?
8 No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do these things to your brethren!
9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,
10nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
Gospel Reading: Luke 17:1-10
1 Then He said to the disciples, “It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come!
2 It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.
3 Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.
4 And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.”
5 And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”
6 So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.
7 And which of you, having a servant plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and sit down to eat’?
8 But will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare something for my supper, and gird yourself and serve me till I have eaten and drunk, and afterward you will eat and drink’?
9 Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not.
10 So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.’ “
23 Jun 2018
Third of the Middle Sundays of Easter
1st Reading: Acts 19: 30-41
30 And when Paul wanted to go in to the people, the disciples would not allow him.
31 Then some of the officials of Asia, who were his friends, sent to him pleading that he would not venture into the theater.
32 Some therefore cried one thing and some another, for the assembly was confused, and most of them did not know why they had come together.
33And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward. And Alexander motioned with his hand, and wanted to make his defense to the people.
34 But when they found out that he was a Jew, all with one voice cried out for about two hours, “Great is Diana of the Ephesians!”
35 And when the city clerk had quieted the crowd, he said: “Men of Ephesus, what man is there who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is temple guardian of the great goddess Diana, and of the image which fell down from Zeus?
36 Therefore, since these things cannot be denied, you ought to be quiet and do nothing rashly.
37 For you have brought these men here who are neither robbers of temples nor blasphemers of your goddess.
38 Therefore, if Demetrius and his fellow craftsmen have a case against anyone, the courts are open and there are proconsuls. Let them bring charges against one another.
39 But if you have any other inquiry to make, it shall be determined in the lawful assembly.
40 For we are in danger of being called in question for today’s uproar, there being no reason which we may give to account for this disorderly gathering.”
41 And when he had said these things, he dismissed the assembly.
2nd. Reading: 1 Corinthians 4: 6-16
6 Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes, that you may learn in us not to think beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up on behalf of one against the other.
7 For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?
8 You are already full! You are already rich! You have reigned as kings without us–and indeed I could wish you did reign, that we also might reign with you!
9 For I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, last, as men condemned to death; for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men.
10 We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored!
11 To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless.
12 And we labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure;
13 being defamed, we entreat. We have been made as the filth of the world, the offscouring of all things until now.
14 I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you.
15 For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.
16 Therefore I urge you, imitate me.
Gospel: Matthew 14: 14-23
14 And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.
15 When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.”
16 But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
17 And they said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.”
18 He said, “Bring them here to Me.”
19 Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes.
20 So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained.
21 Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
22 Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away.
23 And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.
الأحد الثالث من الآحاد المتوسطة للقيامة
أعمال 19 : 30 – 41
30 وَلَمَّا كَانَ بُولُسُ يُرِيدُ أَنْ يَدْخُلَ بَيْنَ الشَّعْبِ، لَمْ يَدَعْهُ التَّلاَمِيذُ.
31 وَأُنَاسٌ مِنْ وُجُوهِ أَسِيَّا، كَانُوا أَصْدِقَاءَهُ، أَرْسَلُوا يَطْلُبُونَ إِلَيْهِ أَنْ لاَ يُسَلِّمَ نَفْسَهُ إِلَى الْمَشْهَدِ.
32 وَكَانَ الْبَعْضُ يَصْرُخُونَ بِشَيْءٍ وَالْبَعْضُ بِشَيْءٍ آخَرَ، لأَنَّ الْمَحْفِلَ كَانَ مُضْطَرِبًا، وَأَكْثَرُهُمْ لاَ يَدْرُونَ لأَيِّ شَيْءٍ كَانُوا قَدِ اجْتَمَعُوا!
33 فَاجْتَذَبُوا إِسْكَنْدَرَ مِنَ الْجَمْعِ، وَكَانَ الْيَهُودُ يَدْفَعُونَهُ. فَأَشَارَ إِسْكَنْدَرُ بِيَدِهِ يُرِيدُ أَنْ يَحْتَجَّ لِلشَّعْبِ.
34 فَلَمَّا عَرَفُوا أَنَّهُ يَهُودِيٌّ، صَارَ صَوْتٌ وَاحِدٌ مِنَ الْجَمِيعِ صَارِخِينَ نَحْوَ مُدَّةِ سَاعَتَيْنِ: «عَظِيمَةٌ هِيَ أَرْطَامِيسُ الأَفَسُسِيِّينَ! «.
35 ثُمَّ سَكَّنَ الْكَاتِبُ الْجَمْعَ وَقَالَ: «أَيُّهَا الرِّجَالُ الأَفَسُسِيُّونَ، مَنْ هُوَ الإِنْسَانُ الَّذِي لاَ يَعْلَمُ أَنَّ مَدِينَةَ الأَفَسُسِيِّينَ مُتَعَبِّدَةٌ لأَرْطَامِيسَ الإِلهَةِ الْعَظِيمَةِ وَالتِّمْثَالِ الَّذِي هَبَطَ مِنْ زَفْسَ؟
36 فَإِذْ كَانَتْ هذِهِ الأَشْيَاءُ لاَ تُقَاوَمُ، يَنْبَغِي أَنْ تَكُونُوا هَادِئِينَ وَلاَ تَفْعَلُوا شَيْئًا اقْتِحَامًا.
37 لأَنَّكُمْ أَتَيْتُمْ بِهذَيْنِ الرَّجُلَيْنِ، وَهُمَا لَيْسَا سَارِقَيْ هَيَاكِلَ، وَلاَ مُجَدِّفَيْنِ عَلَى إِلهَتِكُمْ.
38 فَإِنْ كَانَ دِيمِتْرِيُوسُ وَالصُّنَّاعُ الَّذِينَ مَعَهُ لَهُمْ دَعْوَى عَلَى أَحَدٍ، فَإِنَّهُ تُقَامُ أَيَّامٌ لِلْقَضَاءِ، وَيُوجَدُ وُلاَةٌ، فَلْيُرَافِعُوا بَعْضُهُمْ بَعْضًا.
39 وَإِنْ كُنْتُمْ تَطْلُبُونَ شَيْئًا مِنْ جِهَةِ أُمُورٍ أُخَرَ، فَإِنَّهُ يُقْضَى فِي مَحْفِل شَرْعِيٍّ.
40 لأَنَّنَا فِي خَطَرٍ أَنْ نُحَاكَمَ مِنْ أَجْلِ فِتْنَةِ هذَا الْيَوْمِ. وَلَيْسَ عِلَّةٌ يُمْكِنُنَا مِنْ أَجْلِهَا أَنْ نُقَدِّمَ حِسَابًا عَنْ هذَا التَّجَمُّعِ«.
41 وَلَمَّا قَالَ هذَا صَرَفَ الْمَحْفِلَ.
1 كورونثوس 4: 6 – 16
6 فَهذَا أَيُّهَا الإِخْوَةُ حَوَّلْتُهُ تَشْبِيهًا إِلَى نَفْسِي وَإِلَى أَبُلُّوسَ مِنْ أَجْلِكُمْ، لِكَيْ تَتَعَلَّمُوا فِينَا: «أَنْ لاَ تَفْتَكِرُوا فَوْقَ مَا هُوَ مَكْتُوبٌ»، كَيْ لاَ يَنْتَفِخَ أَحَدٌ لأَجْلِ الْوَاحِدِ عَلَى الآخَرِ.
7 لأَنَّهُ مَنْ يُمَيِّزُكَ؟ وَأَيُّ شَيْءٍ لَكَ لَمْ تَأْخُذْهُ؟ وَإِنْ كُنْتَ قَدْ أَخَذْتَ، فَلِمَاذَا تَفْتَخِرُ كَأَنَّكَ لَمْ تَأْخُذْ؟
8 إِنَّكُمْ قَدْ شَبِعْتُمْ! قَدِ اسْتَغْنَيْتُمْ! مَلَكْتُمْ بِدُونِنَا! وَلَيْتَكُمْ مَلَكْتُمْ لِنَمْلِكَ نَحْنُ أَيْضًا مَعَكُمْ!
9 فَإِنِّي أَرَى أَنَّ اللهَ أَبْرَزَنَا نَحْنُ الرُّسُلَ آخِرِينَ، كَأَنَّنَا مَحْكُومٌ عَلَيْنَا بِالْمَوْتِ. لأَنَّنَا صِرْنَا مَنْظَرًا لِلْعَالَمِ، لِلْمَلاَئِكَةِ وَالنَّاسِ.
10 نَحْنُ جُهَّالٌ مِنْ أَجْلِ الْمَسِيحِ، وَأَمَّا أَنْتُمْ فَحُكَمَاءُ فِي الْمَسِيحِ! نَحْنُ ضُعَفَاءُ، وَأَمَّا أَنْتُمْ فَأَقْوِيَاءُ! أَنْتُمْ مُكَرَّمُونَ، وَأَمَّا نَحْنُ فَبِلاَ كَرَامَةٍ!
11 إِلَى هذِهِ السَّاعَةِ نَجُوعُ وَنَعْطَشُ وَنَعْرَى وَنُلْكَمُ وَلَيْسَ لَنَا إِقَامَةٌ،
12 وَنَتْعَبُ عَامِلِينَ بِأَيْدِينَا. نُشْتَمُ فَنُبَارِكُ. نُضْطَهَدُ فَنَحْتَمِلُ.
13 يُفْتَرَى عَلَيْنَا فَنَعِظُ. صِرْنَا كَأَقْذَارِ الْعَالَمِ وَوَسَخِ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ إِلَى الآنَ.
14 لَيْسَ لِكَيْ أُخَجِّلَكُمْ أَكْتُبُ بِهذَا، بَلْ كَأَوْلاَدِي الأَحِبَّاءِ أُنْذِرُكُمْ.
15 لأَنَّهُ وَإِنْ كَانَ لَكُمْ رَبَوَاتٌ مِنَ الْمُرْشِدِينَ فِي الْمَسِيحِ، لكِنْ لَيْسَ آبَاءٌ كَثِيرُونَ. لأَنِّي أَنَا وَلَدْتُكُمْ فِي الْمَسِيحِ يَسُوعَ بِالإِنْجِيلِ.
16 فَأَطْلُبُ إِلَيْكُمْ أَنْ تَكُونُوا مُتَمَثِّلِينَ بِي.
قرائة الإنجيل : متى 14 : 14 – 23
14 فَلَمَّا خَرَجَ يَسُوعُ أَبْصَرَ جَمْعًا كَثِيرًا فَتَحَنَّنَ عَلَيْهِمْ وَشَفَى مَرْضَاهُمْ.
15 وَلَمَّا صَارَ الْمَسَاءُ تَقَدَّمَ إِلَيْهِ تَلاَمِيذُهُ قَائِلِينَ: «الْمَوْضِعُ خَلاَءٌ وَالْوَقْتُ قَدْ مَضَى. اِصْرِفِ الْجُمُوعَ لِكَيْ يَمْضُوا إِلَى الْقُرَى وَيَبْتَاعُوا لَهُمْ طَعَامًا».
16 فَقَالَ لَهُمْ يَسُوعُ: «لاَ حَاجَةَ لَهُمْ أَنْ يَمْضُوا. أَعْطُوهُمْ أَنْتُمْ لِيَأْكُلُوا».
17 فَقَالُوا لَهُ: «لَيْسَ عِنْدَنَا ههُنَا إِلاَّ خَمْسَةُ أَرْغِفَةٍ وَسَمَكَتَانِ».
18 فَقَالَ: «ائْتُوني بِهَا إِلَى هُنَا».
19 فَأَمَرَ الْجُمُوعَ أَنْ يَتَّكِئُوا عَلَى الْعُشْبِ. ثُمَّ أَخَذَ الأَرْغِفَةَ الْخَمْسَةَ وَالسَّمَكَتَيْنِ، وَرَفَعَ نَظَرَهُ نَحْوَ السَّمَاءِ وَبَارَكَ وَكَسَّرَ وَأَعْطَى الأَرْغِفَةَ لِلتَّلاَمِيذِ، وَالتَّلاَمِيذُ لِلْجُمُوعِ.
20 فَأَكَلَ الْجَمِيعُ وَشَبِعُوا. ثُمَّ رَفَعُوا مَا فَضَلَ مِنَ الْكِسَرِ اثْنَتَيْ عَشْرَةَ قُفَّةً مَمْلُوءةً.
21 وَالآ كِلُونَ كَانُوا نَحْوَ خَمْسَةِ آلاَفِ رَجُل، مَا عَدَا النِّسَاءَ وَالأَوْلاَدَ.
22 وَلِلْوَقْتِ أَلْزَمَ يَسُوعُ تَلاَمِيذَهُ أَنْ يَدْخُلُوا السَّفِينَةَ وَيَسْبِقُوهُ إِلَى الْعَبْرِ حَتَّى يَصْرِفَ الْجُمُوعَ.
23 وَبَعْدَمَا صَرَفَ الْجُمُوعَ صَعِدَ إِلَى الْجَبَلِ مُنْفَرِدًا لِيُصَلِّيَ. وَلَمَّا صَارَ الْمَسَاءُ كَانَ هُنَاكَ وَحْدَهُ.