Saturday: Preparation for the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saturday: Preparation for the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Revised Common Lectionary Proper 27
Roman Catholic Proper 32

Complementary Hebrew Scripture: Amos 4:6-13

I gave you cleanness of teeth in all your cities,
 and lack of bread in all your places,
 yet you did not return to me,
 says the Lord.

And I also withheld the rain from you when there were still three months to the harvest;
 I would send rain on one city,
 and send no rain on another city;
 one field would be rained upon,
 and the field on which it did not rain withered;
 so two or three towns wandered to one town to drink water,
 and were not satisfied;
 yet you did not return to me,
  says the Lord.

I struck you with blight and mildew;
 I laid waste your gardens and your vineyards;
 the locust devoured your fig trees and your olive trees;
 yet you did not return to me,
  says the Lord.

I sent among you a pestilence after the manner of Egypt;
 I killed your young men with the sword;
 I carried away your horses;
 and I made the stench of your camp go up into your nostrils;
 yet you did not return to me,
  says the Lord.

I overthrew some of you,
 as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah,
 and you were like a brand snatched from the fire;
 yet you did not return to me,
 vsays the Lord.

Therefore thus I will do to you,
 O Israel;
 because I will do this to you,
 prepare to meet your God, O Israel!

For lo, the one who forms the mountains,
 creates the wind,
 reveals his thoughts to mortals,
 makes the morning darkness,
 and treads on the heights of the earth—the Lord,
 the God of hosts, is his name!

Semi-continuous Hebrew Scripture: Joshua 20:1-9

Then the Lord spoke to Joshua, saying, “Say to the Israelites, ‘Appoint the cities of refuge, of which I spoke to you through Moses, so that anyone who kills a person without intent or by mistake may flee there; they shall be for you a refuge from the avenger of blood. The slayer shall flee to one of these cities and shall stand at the entrance of the gate of the city, and explain the case to the elders of that city; then the fugitive shall be taken into the city, and given a place, and shall remain with them. And if the avenger of blood is in pursuit, they shall not give up the slayer, because the neighbor was killed by mistake, there having been no enmity between them before. The slayer shall remain in that city until there is a trial before the congregation, until the death of the one who is high priest at the time: then the slayer may return home, to the town in which the deed was done.’”

So they set apart Kedesh in Galilee in the hill country of Naphtali, and Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim, and Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in the hill country of Judah. And beyond the Jordan east of Jericho, they appointed Bezer in the wilderness on the tableland, from the tribe of Reuben, and Ramoth in Gilead, from the tribe of Gad, and Golan in Bashan, from the tribe of Manasseh. These were the cities designated for all the Israelites, and for the aliens residing among them, that anyone who killed a person without intent could flee there, so as not to die by the hand of the avenger of blood, until there was a trial before the congregation.

Complementary Psalm 70

<To the leader. Of David, for the memorial offering.>
Be pleased, O God, to deliver me.
O Lord, make haste to help me!
Let those be put to shame and confusion who seek my life.
Let those be turned back and brought to dishonor
 who desire to hurt me.
Let those who say,
 “Aha, Aha!” turn back because of their shame.

Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you.
Let those who love your salvation say evermore,
 “God is great!”
But I am poor and needy;
 hasten to me, O God!
You are my help and my deliverer;
 O Lord, do not delay!

Semi-continuous Psalm 78:1-7, 33-37

<A Maskil of Asaph.>
Give ear, O my people, to my teaching;
 incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
I will open my mouth in a parable;
 I will utter dark sayings from of old,
things that we have heard and known,
 that our ancestors have told us.
We will not hide them from their children;
 we will tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord,
and his might, and the wonders that he has done.

He established a decree in Jacob,
 and appointed a law in Israel,
 which he commanded our ancestors to teach to their children;
 that the next generation might know them,
 the children yet unborn,
 and rise up and tell them to their children,
 so that they should set their hope in God,
 and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments;

So he made their days vanish like a breath,
 and their years in terror.
When he killed them, they sought for him;  they repented and sought God earnestly.
They remembered that God was their rock,
 the Most High God their redeemer.
But they flattered him with their mouths;
 they lied to him with their tongues.
Their heart was not steadfast towards him;
 they were not true to his covenant.

New Testament Gospel Lesson: Matthew 24:1-14

The Disciples Admire the Buildings of the Temple

As Jesus came out of the temple and was going away, his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. Then he asked them, “You see all these, do you not? Truly I tell you, not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.”

When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus answered them, “Beware that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah!’ and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places: all this is but the beginning of the birth pangs.

“Then they will hand you over to be tortured and will put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of my name. Then many will fall away, and they will betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because of the increase of lawlessness, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And this good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world, as a testimony to all the nations; and then the end will come.”

Year A Ordinary 32, RCL Proper 27, Catholic Proper 32 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.

Image Credit: The Disciples Admire the Buildings of the Temple by James Tissot, via Catholic Resources / Tissot. This is a public domain image.

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