يا إِخوَتِي، إِنَّ كَلِمَةَ الصَّلِيبِ عِنْدَ الهَالِكِينَ حَمَاقَة، أَمَّا عِنْدَنَا نَحْنُ المُخَلَّصِينَ فَهِيَ قُوَّةُ الله/The message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God

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أَلحَقَّ ٱلحَقَّ أَقُولُ لَكُم: إِنَّ حَبَّةَ الحِنْطَة، إِنْ لَمْ تَقَعْ في الأَرضِ وتَمُتْ، تَبْقَى وَاحِدَة
عيد ارتفاع الصليب المقدّس
إنجيل القدّيس يوحنّا12/من20حتى32/:”كَانَ بَينَ الصَّاعِدِينَ لِيَسْجُدُوا في العِيد، بَعْضُ اليُونَانِيِّين. فَدَنَا هؤُلاءِ مِنْ فِيلِبُّسَ الَّذي مِنْ بَيْتَ صَيْدَا الجَلِيل، وسَأَلُوهُ قَائِلين: «يَا سَيِّد، نُرِيدُ أَنْ نَرَى يَسُوع». فَجَاءَ فِيلِبُّسُ وقَالَ لأَنْدرَاوُس، وجَاءَ أَنْدرَاوُسُ وفِيلِبُّسُ وقَالا لِيَسُوع. فَأَجَابَهُمَا يَسُوعُ قَائِلاً: «لَقَدْ حَانَتِ السَّاعَةُ لِكَي يُمَجَّدَ ٱبْنُ الإِنْسَان. أَلحَقَّ ٱلحَقَّ أَقُولُ لَكُم: إِنَّ حَبَّةَ الحِنْطَة، إِنْ لَمْ تَقَعْ في الأَرضِ وتَمُتْ، تَبْقَى وَاحِدَة. وإِنْ مَاتَتْ تَأْتِي بِثَمَرٍ كَثِير. مَنْ يُحِبُّ نَفْسَهُ يَفْقِدُهَا، ومَنْ يُبْغِضُهَا في هذَا العَالَمِ يَحْفَظُهَا لِحَيَاةٍ أَبَدِيَّة. َمنْ يَخْدُمْنِي فَلْيَتْبَعْنِي. وحَيْثُ أَكُونُ أَنَا، فَهُنَاكَ يَكُونُ أَيْضًا خَادِمِي. مَنْ يَخْدُمْنِي يُكَرِّمْهُ الآب. نَفْسِي الآنَ مُضْطَرِبَة، فَمَاذَا أَقُول؟ يَا أَبَتِ، نَجِّنِي مِنْ هذِهِ السَّاعَة؟ ولكِنْ مِنْ أَجْلِ هذَا بَلَغْتُ إِلى هذِهِ السَّاعَة! يَا أَبَتِ، مَجِّدِ ٱسْمَكَ». فَجَاءَ صَوْتٌ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ يَقُول: «قَدْ مَجَّدْتُ، وسَأُمَجِّد». وسَمِعَ الجَمْعُ الحَاضِرُ فَقَالُوا: «إِنَّهُ رَعد». وقَالَ آخَرُون: «إِنَّ مَلاكًا خَاطَبَهُ». أَجَابَ يَسُوعُ وقَال: «مَا كَانَ هذَا الصَّوْتُ مِنْ أَجْلِي، بَلْ مِنْ أَجْلِكُم. هِيَ الآنَ دَيْنُونَةُ هذَا العَالَم. أَلآنَ يُطْرَدُ سُلْطَانُ هذَا العَالَمِ خَارِجًا. وأَنَا إِذَا رُفِعْتُ عَنِ الأَرض، جَذَبْتُ إِليَّ الجَمِيع».

يا إِخوَتِي، إِنَّ كَلِمَةَ الصَّلِيبِ عِنْدَ الهَالِكِينَ حَمَاقَة، أَمَّا عِنْدَنَا نَحْنُ المُخَلَّصِينَ فَهِيَ قُوَّةُ الله
رسالة القدّيس بولس الأولى إلى أهل قورنتس01/من18حتى25/:”يا إِخوَتِي، إِنَّ كَلِمَةَ الصَّلِيبِ عِنْدَ الهَالِكِينَ حَمَاقَة، أَمَّا عِنْدَنَا نَحْنُ المُخَلَّصِينَ فَهِيَ قُوَّةُ الله؛ لأَنَّهُ مَكْتُوب: «سَأُبِيدُ حِكْمَةَ الحُكَمَاء، وأَرْذُلُ فَهْمَ الفُهَمَاء!». فَأَيْنَ الحَكِيم؟ وأَيْنَ عَالِمُ الشَّرِيعَة؟ وأَيْنَ البَاحِثُ في أُمُورِ هذَا الدَّهْر؟ أَمَا جَعَلَ اللهُ حِكْمَةَ هذَا العَالَمِ حَمَاقَة؟ فَبِمَا أَنَّ العَالَمَ بِحِكْمَتِهِ مَا عَرَفَ اللهَ بِحَسَبِ حِكْمَةِ الله، رَضِيَ اللهُ أَنْ يُخَلِّصَ بِحَمَاقَةِ البِشَارَةِ الَّذِينَ يُؤْمِنُون؛ لأَنَّ اليَهُودَ يَطْلُبُونَ الآيَات، واليُونَانِيِّينَ يَلْتَمِسُونَ الحِكْمَة. أَمَّا نَحْنُ فَنُنَادِي بِمَسِيحٍ مَصْلُوب، هُوَ عِثَارٌ لِليَهُودِ وحَمَاقَةٌ لِلأُمَم. وأَمَّا لِلمَدْعُوِّينَ أَنْفُسِهِم، مِنَ اليَهُودِ واليُونَانِيِّين، فَهُوَ مَسِيحٌ، قُوَّةُ اللهِ وَحِكْمَةُ الله؛ فَمَا يَبْدُو أَنَّهُ حَمَاقَةٌ مِنَ اللهِ هُوَ أَحْكَمُ مِنَ النَّاس، ومَا يَبْدُو أَنَّهُ ضُعْفٌ مِنَ اللهِ هُوَ أَقْوَى مِنَ النَّاس.”

 

Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 12/20-32/:”Among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks.
They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, ‘Sir, we wish to see Jesus.’Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honour. ‘Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say “Father, save me from this hour”? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.’ Then a voice came from heaven, ‘I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.’The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, ‘An angel has spoken to him.’
Jesus answered, ‘This voice has come for your sake, not for mine.
Now is the judgement of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.’

The message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God
First Letter to the Corinthians 01/18-25/:”The message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.’Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling-block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.