Saturday: Preparation for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Revised Common Lectionary Proper 25
Roman Catholic Proper 30
Complementary Hebrew Scripture: Proverbs 24:23-34
These also are sayings of the wise:
Partiality in judging is not good.
Whoever says to the wicked, “You are innocent,”
will be cursed by peoples, abhorred by nations;
but those who rebuke the wicked will have delight,
and a good blessing will come upon them.
One who gives an honest answer gives a kiss on the lips.
Prepare your work outside,
get everything ready for you in the field;
and after that build your house.
Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause,
and do not deceive with your lips.
Do not say, “I will do to others as they have done to me;
I will pay them back for what they have done.”
I passed by the field of one who was lazy,
by the vineyard of a stupid person;
and see, it was all overgrown with thorns;
the ground was covered with nettles,
and its stone wall was broken down.
Then I saw and considered it;
I looked and received instruction.
A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest,
and poverty will come upon you like a robber,
and want, like an armed warrior.
Semi-continuous Hebrew Scripture: Deuteronomy 32:44-47
Moses came and recited all the words of this song in the hearing of the people, he and Joshua son of Nun. When Moses had finished reciting all these words to all Israel, he said to them: “Take to heart all the words that I am giving in witness against you today; give them as a command to your children, so that they may diligently observe all the words of this law. This is no trifling matter for you, but rather your very life; through it you may live long in the land that you are crossing over the Jordan to possess.”
Semi-continuous Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17
<A Prayer of Moses, the man of God.>
Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
You turn us back to dust, and say,
“Turn back, you mortals.”
For a thousand years in your sight
are like yesterday when it is past,
or like a watch in the night.
You sweep them away; they are like a dream,
like grass that is renewed in the morning;
in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;
in the evening it fades and withers.
Turn, O Lord! How long?
Have compassion on your servants!
Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
Make us glad as many days as you have afflicted us,
and as many years as we have seen evil.
Let your work be manifest to your servants,
and your glorious power to their children.
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
and prosper for us the work of our hands—
O prosper the work of our hands!
New Testament Gospel Lesson: John 5:39-47
[An invalid had been laying at Beth-zatha, in Jerusalem, for thirty-eight years. Jesus told him “Stand up, take you mat and walk.” Others said to him, “It is the sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your mat.” The man told them that Jesus had told him to do so. They began to persecute Jesus because he did such things on the sabbath. Jesus answered them,]
“You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that testify on my behalf. Yet you refuse to come to me to have life. I do not accept glory from human beings. But I know that you do not have the love of God in you. I have come in my Father's name, and you do not accept me; if another comes in his own name, you will accept him. How can you believe when you accept glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the one who alone is God? Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; your accuser is Moses, on whom you have set your hope. If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But if you do not believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?”
Year A Ordinary 30, RCL Proper 25, Catholic Proper 30 Saturday
Bible verses from The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All right reserved.
Selections from Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright 1985 by the Consultation on Common Texts.
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