Readings for Monday of the fourth week of the fifty Joyous Days

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Psalm

Psalm 43:3 [Arabic]

Oh, send out Your light and Your truth!
Let them lead me;
Let them bring me to Your holy hill
And to Your tabernacle.

 

Gospel

Mk 4:30-34 [Arabic]

Then He said, "To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what parable shall we picture it? It is like a mustard seed which, when it is sown on the ground, is smaller than all the seeds on earth; but when it is sown, it grows up and becomes greater than all herbs, and shoots out large branches, so that the birds of the air may nest under its shade."

And with many such parables He spoke the word to them as they were able to hear it. But without a parable He did not speak to them. And when they were alone, He explained all things to His disciples.

 

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Pauline Epistle

Rom 4:4-8 [Arabic]

Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt.

But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works:
        "Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,
        And whose sins are covered;
        Blessed is the man to whom the LORD shall not impute sin."

 

Catholic Epistle

1Jn 3:8-12 [Arabic]

He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.

In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother's righteous.

 

Acts

Acts 5:21-25 [Arabic]

And when they heard that, they entered the temple early in the morning and taught. But the high priest and those with him came and called the council together, with all the elders of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought.

But when the officers came and did not find them in the prison, they returned and reported, saying, "Indeed we found the prison shut securely, and the guards standing outside before the doors; but when we opened them, we found no one inside!" Now when the high priest, the captain of the temple, and the chief priests heard these things, they wondered what the outcome would be. So one came and told them, saying, "Look, the men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people!"

 

Synaxarium

The Departure of St. Isaac (Ishaq), of Hourin.
The Departure of St. Alexander I, 19th Pope of the See of St. Mark.
The Departure of St. Mark 11, 49th Pope of the See of St. Mark.
The Departure of St. Michael 11, 53rd Pope of the See of St. Mark.

 

Psalm

Psalm 119:105 ; Psalm 119:135 [Arabic]

Your word is a lamp to my feet
        And a light to my path. Make Your face shine upon Your servant,
        And teach me Your statutes.

 

Gospel

Jn 8:39-42 [Arabic]

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. But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this. You do the deeds of your father."

Then they said to Him, "We were not born of fornication; we have one Father--God."

Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me.

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