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Sunday   August 18, 2019

 

First Reading:   Jeremiah 23:23-29

Today’s reading distinguishes between the true prophet, like Jeremiah, who speaks God’s word and the false prophet who misleads the people through dreams. One is like wheat; the other like worthless straw.

Second Reading:   Hebrews 11:29–12:2

In a long list of biblical heroes, we find examples of trust in God that enabled them to face the trials of life faithfully. In addition to this “cloud of witnesses,” we have Jesus, the perfect model of faithful endurance.

Gospel:   Luke 12:49-56

Jesus delivers harsh words about the purifying and potentially divisive effects of obedience to God’s call. The way of the cross often leads followers to encounter hostility and rejection, even from those they love.

 

WOW – August 11, 2019

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Scripture Readings

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Sunday   August 11, 2019

 

First Reading:   Genesis 15:1-6

God promises childless and aging Abram that a child of his own will be his heir and that his descendants will number as many as the starts. Abram trusts God’s promise and through this faith he is considered righteous.

Second Reading:   Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16

Abraham and Sarah exemplify the vision of faith that people of God enact in every age. Their hope and trust in God’s promise allowed them to face an unknown future and to receive the promise of God.

Gospel:   Luke 12:32-40

Jesus encourages disciples to invest their hearts and live fully into God’s reign. Instead of facing life with fear, those who know God’s generosity are always ready to receive from God and give to others.

 

WOW – August 4, 2019

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Scripture Readings

Posted by on Jul 31, 2019 in Announcement, Scriptures | Comments Off on Scripture Readings

Sunday   August 4, 2019

 

First Reading:   Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23

The teacher of wisdom who wrote Ecclesiastes sees that working for mere accumulation of wealth turns life into an empty game, a “vanity of vanities.” Nevertheless, he asserts in the next verse, it is good to find enjoyment in one’s work because such enjoyment is a gift from God.

Second Reading:   Colossians 3:1-11

Life in Christ includes a radical reorientation of our values. Just as the newly baptized shed their old clothes in order to put on new garments, so Christians are called to let go of greed and take hold of a life shaped by God’s love in Christ.

Gospel:   Luke 12:13-21

In God’s reign, the “rich will be sent away empty.” Jesus uses a parable to warn against identifying the worth of one’s life with the value of one’s possessions rather than one’s relationship with God.

 

WOW – July 28, 2019

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Makin’ Waves – August 2019

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Posted by on Jul 23, 2019 in Announcement, Scriptures | Comments Off on Scripture Readings

Sunday   July 28, 2019

 

First Reading:   Genesis 18:20-32

In today’s reading, Abraham undertakes the role of a mediator between God and sinful humanity. Appealing to God’s justice, Abraham boldly asks for mercy for the city of Sodom, for the sake of the few righteous people who are in it, including Abraham’s nephew, Lot.

Second Reading:   Colossians 2:6-19

Paul warns his congregation in Colossae about “the empty lure” of philosophies and traditions that compromise faith. Through the gift of faith, the church is mystically connected with Christ in his death and resurrection, which is enacted in baptism.

Gospel:   Luke 11:1-13

In teaching his disciples this prayer, Jesus also reminds them to focus on God’s coming reign, God’s mercy, and the strengthening of the community. Jesus encourages his disciples to childlike trust and persistence in prayer.

 

WOW – July 21, 2019

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Posted by on Jul 18, 2019 in Announcement, Scriptures | Comments Off on Scripture Readings

Sunday   July 21, 2019

 

First Reading:   Genesis 18:1-10a

The Lord visits Abraham and Sarah to tell them that the long awaited promise of the birth of a child will be fulfilled for them in their old age.

Second Reading:   Colossians 1:15-28

Sometimes Paul preaches with great attention to theological concepts. Here, however, Paul offers a mystical teaching, that the great mystery of God is “Christ in you.” Because Christ is present in the church, Christians share in his life, suffering, and glory.

Gospel:    Luke 10:38-42

Jesus uses his visit to two sisters as an occasion to remind disciples that an important aspect of obedience is single-minded devotion to Jesus and his word.