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Scripture Readings August 9, 2020

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Sunday   8/9/2020

 

First Reading:   1 Kings 19:9-18

On Mount Horeb, where God had appeared to Moses with typical signs of God’s presence – earthquake, wind, and fire – Elijah now experienced God in “sheer silence.” God assured Elijah that he is not the only faithful believer. Seven thousand Israelites are still loyal. God instructed Elijah to anoint two men as kings and to anoint Elisha as his own successor.

Second Reading:   Romans 10:5-15

A right relationship with God is not something we achieve by heroic efforts. It is a gift received in the proclamation whose content is Jesus Christ. This proclaimed word creates our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Hence Christian proclamation is an indispensable component of God’s saving actions.

Gospel:   Matthew 14:22-33

Matthew’s gospel typically portrays Jesus’ disciples as people of “little faith” who fail despite their best intentions.  In this story, Matthew shows how Jesus comes to the disciples when they are in trouble and sustains them in their time of fear and doubt.

Scripture Readings August 2, 2020

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Sunday    8/2/2020         Summary

 

First Reading:   Isaiah 55:1-5

God invites Israel to a great feast at which both food and drink are free. God also promises to make an everlasting covenant with all the people, with promises that previously had been limited to the line of kings. As David was a witness to the nations, these nations shall now acknowledge the ways in which God has glorified Israel.

Second Reading:   Romans 9:1-5

This begins a new section in Paul’s letter in which he will deal with the place of Israel in God’s saving plan. He opens by highlighting how Israel’s heritage and legacy include being God’s children, having God’s covenants, being given God’s law, participating in worship of God, and receiving divine promises.

Gospel:   Matthew 14:13-21

After John the Baptist is murdered, Jesus desires a time of solitude.  Still, his compassion for others will not allow him to dismiss those who need him, and he is moved to perform one of his greatest miracles.

Scripture Readings July 26, 2020

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Sunday     7/26/2020    Summary

 

First Reading:   1 Kings 3:5-12

Because Solomon did not ask for long life, riches, or the defeat of his enemies, God gave him what he asked for: Wisdom to govern the people well. In verse 13 God gives him additional honor and riches beyond compare.

Second Reading:   Romans 8:26-39

These words celebrate the depth of God’s actions for us. Through Christ’s death for us and the activity of the Spirit praying for us, we are fused to God’s love poured out in Jesus Christ. Nothing, not even death itself, is able to separate us from such incredible divine love.

Gospel:    Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

Throughout Matthew’s gospel, Jesus and his disciples proclaim the good news that “the kingdom of heaven is near!”  Here, Jesus offers several brief parables that explore the implications of this announcement for people’s lives.

Scripture Readings – July 19,2020

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Sunday   7/19/2020   Summary

 

First Reading:   Isaiah 44:6-8

God claims the right to sole rule, because God announces things that actually do happen, while supposed divine opponents remain silent. God is Israel’s redeemer, that is, the best brother or sister they ever had.

Second Reading:   Romans 8:12-25

For Paul, true spirituality means that we experience the reality of the Spirit, which enables us to pray as God’s children, keeps us in solidarity with creation, and gives us unseen hope that God will liberate us and creation from bondage to death and decay.

Gospel:   Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

Jesus tells a parable about the co-existence of good and evil in this world.  God’s judgement will remove all evil doers and causes of sin, but not until the end of human history.

 

 

Scripture Readings July 12, 2020

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Sunday   7/12/2020

 

First Reading:   Isaiah 55:10-13

God’s word to Israel’s exiles is as sure and effective as never-failing precipitation.  Their return to the Holy Land in a new exodus is cheered on by singing mountains and by trees that clap their hands.

Second Reading:   Romans 8:1-11

There is no condemnation for those who live in Christ.  God sent Christ to accomplish what the law was unable to do: condemn sin and free us from its slavery.  The Spirit now empowers proper actions and values in our lives and gives us the promise of resurrected life.

Gospel:   Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

In Matthew’s gospel, both Jesus and his disciples “sow the seed” of God’s word by proclaiming the good news that “the kingdom of heaven is near.”  Now, in a memorable parable, Jesus explains why this good news produces different results in those who hear.

 

Scripture Readings July 5, 2020

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Sunday   7/5/2020

 

First Reading:   Zechariah 9:9-12

The coming messianic king will inaugurate an era of disarmament and prosperity.  Because of God’s covenant with Israel, they are designated as “prisoners of hope.”

Second Reading:   Romans 7:15-25a

Life enslaved under sin is a catch-22 existence in which we know good, but do not do it and do things we know to be bad.  Through Jesus Christ, God has set us free from such a futile existence.

Gospel:   Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Jesus chides people who find fault with both his ministry and that of John the Baptist.  He thanks God that wisdom and intelligence are not needed to receive what God has to offer.

 

Scripture Readings June 28, 2020

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Sunday    6/28/2020

 

First Reading:   Jeremiah 28:5-9

Through a symbolic action, Jeremiah insisted that Judah and all the surrounding nations should submit to the king of Babylon.  Hananiah contradicted Jeremiah, who in reply insisted that Hananiah’s rosy prediction should not be believed until it came true.   God confirmed the word of Jeremiah and sentenced the false prophet Hananiah to death.

Second Reading:   Romans 6:12-23

Sin is an enslaving power that motivates us to live self-serving, disobedient lives.  Sin’s final payoff is death.  We, however, have been set free from sin’s slavery to live obediently under God’s grace, whose end is the free gift of eternal life.

Gospel:   Matthew 10:40-42

When Jesus sends his disciples out as missionaries, he warns them of persecution and hardship they will face.  He also promises to reward any who aid his followers and support their ministry.

Scripture Readings June 21, 2020

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Sunday   6/21/2020   Summary

 

First Reading:   Jeremiah 20:7-13

Jeremiah accuses God of forcing him into a ministry that brings him only contempt and persecution.  Yet Jeremiah is confident that God will be a strong protector against his enemies and commits his life into God’s hands.

Second Reading:   Romans 6:1b-11

In baptism we were incorporated into the reality of Christ’s death.  Our lives in the present are marked and shaped by his crucifixion, just as our lives in the future will be marked and shaped by his resurrection.

Gospel:   Matthew 10:24-39

Jesus warns his disciples that their ministry in his name will meet with opposition, requiting absolute trust in God and an unswerving commitment to their Lord.

 

Scripture Readings – June 14, 2020

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Sunday   6/14/2020     Summary

 

First Reading:   Exodus 19:2-8a

At Sinai God assured Israel, “You shall be my treasured possession,” and commissioned them to serve as mediating priests for the nations.  The people commit themselves completely to God’s will.

 

Second Reading:   Romans 5:1-8

We are no longer God’s enemies by have peace with God, because we were brought into a right relationship with God through Christ’s death.  A tested character has been forged for us which empowers endurance in the midst of suffering and hope for final salvation.

Gospel:   Matthew 9:35–10:8[9-23]

The mission of Jesus’ followers is to continue the mission of Jesus himself.  Here, he instructs his firs disciples as to how they might proclaim the gospel through their words and deeds.

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Scripture Readings – June 7, 2020

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Sunday     June 7, 2020       Summary

First Reading:  Genesis 1:1-4a

This first creation story reached its current form during the crisis of the Babylonian exile of the people of Israel. God, not their captors’ god Marduk, was responsible for their existence. God created women and men as rulers over creation, to preserve and protect it. God also rested on the seventh day, hallowing that day forever as the Sabbath.

Second Reading:   2 Corinthians 13:11-13

Paul closes a challenging letter to the Corinthians with an appeal to Christian fellowship grounded in the triune harmony of Christ’s grace, God’s love, the Spirit’s partnership.

Gospel:   Matthew 28:16-20

After his resurrection, Jesus summons his remaining disciples and commissions them to baptize and teach all nations in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

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