August 19th Reading


Today’s Gospel Reading for the 19th of August, the 15th Sabbath Sunday after Pentecost is taken from the Coptic Kalendar which is the Coptic Feast of the Transfiguration.

We may well hear many voices from many Faith Traditions but the ultimate Voice is that of Jesus who is the very Image and Essence of God and it is He that we are to listen.

Matt 17:1-9 [Arabic]

Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. But Jesus came and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.” When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.
Now as they came down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, “Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man is risen from the dead.”

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