The Year of Our Lord 2019, Jan. 27, Third Sunday After Epiphany
Liturgy of the Word pg. 107, Creed pg. 748
Anaphora of The Twelve Apostles, pg. 754
- Sunday 9:30 am Liturgy is offered for your intentions
- Sunday 11:30 am Liturgy is offered for the repose of the soul of George Abboud, as requested by his wife Yvette and his children Paul Abboud, Pierre Abboud and May Khoury and their families. May he rest in the heavenly Kingdom.
- Sunday 11:30 am Liturgy is offered for the repose of the soul of Joseph Alam, as requested by his sister, Rola (Ziad) Alam, and family. May he rest in God's peace.
Next Sunday, Feb 3, 11:30 am Liturgy will be offered as a 40-day memorial for the repose of the soul of Gihad Zakhour, as requested by his wife, Charisse, and family. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
Next Sunday, Feb 3, 11:30 am Liturgy will be offered as a one year memorial for the repose of the soul of Victor Atallah, as requested by his wife, Najat, son Dany, and daughter Dareen, and family. May he rest in the peace of Christ.
- Monday, Jan 28, 6:30pm - St. Ephrem the Syrian, Doctor of the Church
- Wednesday, Jan 30, 7:00 pm
- Thursday, Jan 31, 7:00 pm
- Friday, Feb 1, 7:00 pm - Sacred Heart
- Saturday, Feb 2, 6:00 pm - Presentation of Christ in the Temple, Immaculate Heart
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Sunday, Jan 27
Third SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY
Week of the Revelation of Christ’s Mystery
to Nicodemus & the Jewish People
Galatians 3:23-29—What Faith Has Brought Us
Before faith came, we were held in custody under law, confined for the faith that was to be revealed. Consequently, the law was our disciplinarian for Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a disciplinarian. For through faith you are all children of God in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendant, heirs according to the promise.
Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. He came to Jesus at night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one can do these signs that you are doing unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a person once grown old be born again? Surely he cannot reenter his mother’s womb and be born again, can he?” Jesus answered, “Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of flesh is flesh and what is born of spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I told you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus answered and said to him, “How can this happen?” Jesus answered and said to him, “You are the teacher of Israel and you do not understand this? Amen, amen, I say to you, we speak of what we know and we testify to what we have seen, but you people do not accept our testimony.” “If I tell you about earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has gone up to heaven except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man.” “And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.”
3rd week of Epiphany
All one in Christ
Margaret Ghosn mshf
Our Reading for this Sunday is taken from Paul’s Letter to the Galatians, and contains one of the most important lines in the New Testament.
There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free,
there is no longer male and female; for all of us are one in Christ Jesus – Gal 3:28
This is a radical statement by Paul. To claim equality of all people at a time when Jews considered themselves the chosen ones, frowned upon gentiles, viewed the male as superior to female, and accepted slavery, Paul was breaking all boundaries. Yet what Paul writes is the full understanding of what it means to be a person baptized in Christ.
Ponder more deeply the verse from Gal 3:28. It has ramifications in all aspects of our lives. We cannot define people according to religious faith, gender, wealth or any other way. We are all equal not matter who or what we are. We are, through baptism, one in the body of Christ, all equal members of the Church (this also has ramifications on how we view the roles in the Church), we are all children of the One God, we all received the Spirit of God at baptism.
We are all Christian. No one is better than another. If only we could grasp this understanding, we could truly live as sisters and brothers in Christ. Amen
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