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Scripture Readings

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Announcement, Scriptures |

Sunday   June 19, 2016

 

First Reading:   Isaiah 65:1-9

The prophet announces God’s impatience. The people’s self-absorption is idolatry, and images from pagan worship fill this reading.  Like a vintner who crushes the grape to release the wine, God will use Israel’s exile to establish a new community of the faithful.

Second Reading:   Galatians 3:23-29

For Paul, baptism is a powerful bond that unites people not only with God but with other believers. Those who call themselves children of God experience a transformation that removes prejudices of race, social class, or gender in favor of true unity in Christ.

Gospel:   Luke 8:26-39

Jesus’ mission includes foreigners, and his authority extends to the casting out of demons. Some who witness Jesus’ work are seized with confusion and fear, but the man who was healed is commissioned to give testimony of God’s mercy and power.