Monday: Reflection on the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Monday: Reflection on the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Revised Common Lectionary Proper 25
Roman Catholic Proper 30

Complementary Hebrew Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:1-9, 20-25

Now this is the commandment— the statutes and the ordinances— that the Lord your God charged me to teach you to observe in the land that you are about to cross into and occupy, so that you and your children and your children's children may fear the Lord your God all the days of your life, and keep all his decrees and his commandments that I am commanding you, so that your days may be long. Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe them diligently, so that it may go well with you, and so that you may multiply greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has promised you.

Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

When your children ask you in time to come, “What is the meaning of the decrees and the statutes and the ordinances that the Lord our God has commanded you?” then you shall say to your children, “We were Pharaoh's slaves in Egypt, but the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. The Lord displayed before our eyes great and awesome signs and wonders against Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his household. He brought us out from there in order to bring us in, to give us the land that he promised on oath to our ancestors. Then the Lord commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our lasting good, so as to keep us alive, as is now the case. If we diligently observe this entire commandment before the Lord our God, as he has commanded us, we will be in the right.”

Semi-continuous Hebrew Scripture: Numbers 33:38-39

Aaron the priest went up Mount Hor at the command of the Lord and died there in the fortieth year after the Israelites had come out of the land of Egypt, on the first day of the fifth month. Aaron was one hundred twenty-three years old when he died on Mount Hor.

Both Psalm 119:41-48

Let your steadfast love come to me, O Lord,
 your salvation according to your promise.
Then I shall have an answer for those who taunt me,
 for I trust in your word.
Do not take the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,
 for my hope is in your ordinances.
I will keep your law continually,
 forever and ever.
I shall walk at liberty,
 for I have sought your precepts.
I will also speak of your decrees before kings,
 and shall not be put to shame;
I find my delight in your commandments,
 because I love them.
I revere your commandments, which I love,
 and I will meditate on your statutes.

New Testament Epistle Lesson: James 2:8-13

Mercy Triumphs Over Justice

You do well if you really fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.¹” But if you show partiality, you commit sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. For the one who said, “You shall not commit adultery,²” also said, “You shall not murder.³” Now if you do not commit adultery but if you murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment will be without mercy to anyone who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.

¹Leviticus 19:18  ²Exodus 20:14; Deuteronomy 5:8  ³Exodus 20:13; Deuteronomy 5:17

Year A Ordinary 30, RCL Proper 25, Catholic Proper 30 Monday

 

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 Consultation on Common Texts.

Image Credit: Mercy Triumphs Over Justice was created by Michael Gilbertson for the Lectionary Company using Photoshop and Paint. The image may be used under the Creative Commons 2.5 Share Alike License.

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