Readings for Friday of the third week of the fifty Joyous Days

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Psalm

Psalm 146:1 ; Psalm 146:2 ; Psalm 146:5 [Arabic]

Praise the LORD, O my soul!
While I live I will praise the LORD;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help,
Whose hope is in the LORD his God.
 

Gospel

Matt 22:41-46 [Arabic]

While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, saying, "What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?"

They said to Him, "The Son of David."

He said to them, "How then does David in the Spirit call Him "Lord,' saying:
        "The LORD said to my Lord,
        "Sit at My right hand,
        Till I make Your enemies Your footstool"'?

If David then calls Him "Lord,' how is He his Son?" And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore.

 

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Pauline Epistle

Rom 2:25-29 [Arabic]

For circumcision is indeed profitable if you keep the law; but if you are a breaker of the law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision. Therefore, if an uncircumcised man keeps the righteous requirements of the law, will not his uncircumcision be counted as circumcision? And will not the physically uncircumcised, if he fulfills the law, judge you who, even with your written code and circumcision, are a transgressor of the law? For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.

 

Catholic Epistle

1Jn 3:2-3 [Arabic]

Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

 

Acts

Acts 5:5-11 [Arabic]

Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. So great fear came upon all those who heard these things. And the young men arose and wrapped him up, carried him out, and buried him.

Now it was about three hours later when his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. And Peter answered her, "Tell me whether you sold the land for so much?"

She said, "Yes, for so much."

Then Peter said to her, "How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out." Then immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. And the young men came in and found her dead, and carrying her out, buried her by her husband. So great fear came upon all the church and upon all who heard these things.

 

Synaxarium

The Martyrdom of St. Simeon the Armenian, Bishop of the country of Persia and 150 with him.
The Martyrdom of the blessed Youhanna (John) Abu Nagaah El-Kabeer.
The Martyrdom of the Vizier Abu Elaala Fahd ibn Ibrahim and his companions.
The Martyrdom of Daoud (David), the Monk.

 

Psalm

Psalm 86:12 ; Psalm 86:10 [Arabic]

I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart,
And I will glorify Your name forevermore.
For You are great, and do wondrous things;
You alone are God.

 

Gospel

Jn 8:31-39 [Arabic]

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

They answered Him, "We are Abraham's descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, "You will be made free'?"

Jesus answered them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

"I know that you are Abraham's descendants, but you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you. I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have seen with your father."

They answered and said to Him, "Abraham is our father."

Jesus said to them, "If you were Abraham's children, you would do the works of Abraham.

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