Reaching out with God's Love

Scripture Readings

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Announcement, Scriptures |

Sunday   July 24, 2016

 

First Reading:   Genesis 18:20-32

In today’s reading, Abraham undertakes the role of 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 2:6-15 [16-19]

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 disciple 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 child-like trust and persistence in prayer.