Reaching out with God's Love

Scripture Readings

Posted by on Aug 22, 2018 in Announcement, Scriptures |

Sunday   August 26, 2018

First Reading:   Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18

In the Near East, covenant means agreement or alliance. It describes the relationship between God and Israel. By delivering Israel, God has already begun the relationship. Joshua calls upon the people to respond.

Second Reading: Ephesians 6:10-20

Like a general giving a rousing speech to troops before battle, this letter closes by calling on Christians to be equipped for spiritual warfare against evil. The full armor of God includes truth, righteousness, peace, faith, the gift of salvation, and the word of God inspired by the Spirit.

Gospel:   John 6:56-69

The “hard saying” that offends Jesus’ disciples is his claim that his followers must eat his flesh and drink his blood. The followers who return to their old lives know something about how odd this sounds.  Simon Peter, on the other hand, knows something about the scarcity of living, gracious words.  He asks the most important question: “To whom shall we go?”