Thursday of the Week of Hawarayeen
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 16, 15 - 18
‘Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation.
The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; but the one who does not believe will be condemned.
And these signs will accompany those who believe: by using my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues;
they will pick up snakes in their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.’
Thursday of Easter week
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 24, 35 - 48
The disciples of Jesus recounted what had taken place along the way, and how Jesus was made known to them in the breaking of bread.
While they were still speaking about this, he stood in their midst and said to them, ' Peace be with you. '
But they were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost.
Then he said to them, ' Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts?
Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have. '
And as he said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.
While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed, he asked them, ' Have you anything here to eat? '
They gave him a piece of baked fish;
he took it and ate it in front of them.
He said to them, ' These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled. '
Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures.
And he said to them, ' Thus it is written that the Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day
and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
You are witnesses of these things. '
Thursday of the Week of Hawarayeen
Letter to the Ephesians 2, 1 - 10
You were dead through the trespasses and sins
in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient.
All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else.
But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us
even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ by grace you have been saved
and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness towards us in Christ Jesus.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God
not the result of works, so that no one may boast.
For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.
Thursday of Easter week
Acts of the Apostles 3, 11 - 26
As the crippled man who had been cured clung to Peter and John, all the people hurried in amazement toward them in the portico called ' Solomon's Portico. '
When Peter saw this, he addressed the people, ' You Israelites, why are you amazed at this, and why do you look so intently at us as if we had made him walk by our own power or piety?
The God of Abraham, (the God) of Isaac, and (the God) of Jacob, the God of our ancestors, has glorified his servant Jesus whom you handed over and denied in Pilate's presence, when he had decided to release him.
You denied the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you.
The author of life you put to death, but God raised him from the dead; of this we are witnesses.
And by faith in his name, this man, whom you see and know, his name has made strong, and the faith that comes through it has given him this perfect health, in the presence of all of you.
Now I know, brothers, that you acted out of ignorance, just as your leaders did;
but God has thus brought to fulfillment what he had announced beforehand through the mouth of all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer.
Repent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away. '
and that the Lord may grant you times of refreshment and send you the Messiah already appointed for you, Jesus,
whom heaven must receive until the times of universal restoration of which God spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old.
For Moses said: 'A prophet like me will the Lord, your God, raise up for you from among your own kinsmen; to him you shall listen in all that he may say to you.
Everyone who does not listen to that prophet will be cut off from the people.'
Moreover, all the prophets who spoke, from Samuel and those afterwards, also announced these days.
You are the children of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your ancestors when he said to Abraham, 'In your offspring all the families of the earth shall be blessed.'
For you first, God raised up his servant and sent him to bless you by turning each of you from your evil ways. '
Season of the Glorious Resurrection - New Sunday
The eight day after the Day of the Resurrection put an end to the Apostles' week of doubt and began the Church's journey of faith, which the Apostle Thomas expressed by saying: “my Lord and my God”. It is the Eighth Day, or the Day of the Lord, on which the living God enters the history of mankind, bypassing all barriers of fear and closed doors, to give His peace and make everything new. It is the New Sunday; it is the feast of the Divine Mercy.
His Holiness Pope Francis says: “From here begins our resurrection, from this faithful and patient Mercy and from the discovery that God never gets tired of reaching out for us from our failings. He wants us to see him this way: not as a master we have to organize our accounts with him, but as our Father who raises us. We always stumble in our lives like a child who has started walking but is falling; takes a few steps and falls again, falls and falls again, and every time his father raises him again. The hand that raises us is always mercy: God knows that without mercy we remain on the ground and that in order for us to walk we need someone to raise us ' .
It is the distinctive call of the Christian faith, not to acknowledge the existence of one God in the Heavens, but to experience the presence of the living God in the midst of his people and his Church. He is a living God because he is Love, and love never fails and does not die. Moreover, He is present in His mystical body, which is the Church, in two forms: The first is in the form of bread and wine for the sake of those who believe in him; to be food for them and sustenance for eternal life. He is present also whenever two or three gather in His name to be witnesses to His resurrection and bearers of His Divine Mercy to the whole world.
Today, let us renew our acceptance of Christ as Lord and God over our lives and our families, and let us invite Him to our hearts and our homes, repeating: O Jesus, I trust in you.
Do not be afraid to open the doors wide for Him ... There is no fear in love. Amen.
(Father Maroun Moussa M.L.)
التسرّع في الأحكام:
الله معكن، بدّي خَبّركُن اليوم قِصّة رجّال ضيّع فرّاعتو وفتّش عليها كتير، ولما ما لقاها، شكّ إنّو جارو يلّي ساكن بوجّو يكون هوّي اللي سارقها. عَ كل حال، هوّي كان بمجرّد ما يتطلّع فيه، يلاقي بمنظرو منظر سرّاق. إجمالاً، كل تصرّفاتو وحركاتو، تصرفات وحركات سرّاق. ولكن بالصدفة، هوّي وعَم ينكُش الأرض، فجأة، بيلاقي هالرِجّال الفراعة. وتاني يوم، لما تطلّع من جديد بجارو، بالحقيقة ما لقي شي، لا بمنظرو ولا بحركاتو ولا بتصرّفاتو، ما لقي شي أبدًا أبدًا يوحي إنّو حرامي.
الزوّادة بتقلّي وبتقلّك شو رأيك اليوم، تشيل من فكرك كل الأفكار المسبقة، ومن قلبك كل الأحكام السريعة، وتقرّر تعطي لكل يلّي حواليك فرصة تانية، وتحِط بعينك نظرة الله وتشوف صورتو اللي فيهُن وتعاملُن على هيدا الأساس، والله معك.