Monday: Reflection on the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Monday: Reflection on the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Revised Common Lectionary Proper 27
Roman Catholic Proper 32

Complementary Hebrew Scripture: Amos 8:7-14

The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob:
 Surely I will never forget any of their deeds.
 Shall not the land tremble on this account,
  and everyone mourn who lives in it,
  and all of it rise like the Nile,
  and be tossed about and sink again,
  like the Nile of Egypt?

On that day, says the Lord GOD,
 I will make the sun go down at noon,
  and darken the earth in broad daylight.
 I will turn your feasts into mourning,
  and all your songs into lamentation;
 I will bring sackcloth on all loins,
  and baldness on every head;
 I will make it like the mourning for an only son,
  and the end of it like a bitter day.

The time is surely coming, says the Lord GOD,
 when I will send a famine on the land;
 not a famine of bread,
 or a thirst for water,
 but of hearing the words of the Lord.
They shall wander from sea to sea,
 and from north to east;
 they shall run to and fro,
 seeking the word of the Lord,
 but they shall not find it.

In that day the beautiful young women and the young men shall faint for thirst.
Those who swear by Ashimah of Samaria,
 and say, “As your god lives, O Dan,” and,
 “As the way of Beer-sheba lives”—they shall fall,
 and never rise again.

Semi-continuous Hebrew Scripture: Joshua 24:25-33

So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and made statutes and ordinances for them at Shechem. Joshua wrote these words in the book of the law of God; and he took a large stone, and set it up there under the oak in the sanctuary of the Lord. Joshua said to all the people, “See, this stone shall be a witness against us; for it has heard all the words of the Lord that he spoke to us; therefore it shall be a witness against you, if you deal falsely with your God.” So Joshua sent the people away to their inheritances.

After these things Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died, being one hundred ten years old.

They buried him in his own inheritance at Timnath-serah, which is in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash.

Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua and had known all the work that the Lord did for Israel.

The bones of Joseph, which the Israelites had brought up from Egypt, were buried at Shechem, in the portion of ground that Jacob had bought from the children of Hamor, the father of Shechem, for one hundred pieces of money; it became an inheritance of the descendants of Joseph.

Eleazar son of Aaron died; and they buried him at Gibeah, the town of his son Phinehas, which had been given him in the hill country of Ephraim.

Complementary Psalm 63

<A Psalm of David, when he was in the Wilderness of Judah.>
O God, you are my God, I seek you,
 my soul thirsts for you;
 my flesh faints for you,
 as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
 beholding your power and glory.
Because your steadfast love is better than life,
 my lips will praise you.
So I will bless you as long as I live;
 I will lift up my hands and call on your name.

My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast,
 and my mouth praises you with joyful lips
 when I think of you on my bed,
 and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
 for you have been my help,
 and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.
My soul clings to you;
 your right hand upholds me.

But those who seek to destroy my life
 shall go down into the depths of the earth;
 they shall be given over to the power of the sword,
 they shall be prey for jackals.
But the king shall rejoice in God;
 all who swear by him shall exult,
 for the mouths of liars will be stopped.

Semi-continuous Psalm 78:56-72

Yet they tested the Most High God,
 and rebelled against him.
They did not observe his decrees,
 but turned away and were faithless like their ancestors;
 they twisted like a treacherous bow.
For they provoked him to anger with their high places;
 they moved him to jealousy with their idols.
When God heard, he was full of wrath,
 and he utterly rejected Israel.
He abandoned his dwelling at Shiloh,
 the tent where he dwelt among mortals,
 and delivered his power to captivity,
 his glory to the hand of the foe.
He gave his people to the sword,
 and vented his wrath on his heritage.
Fire devoured their young men,
 and their girls had no marriage song.
Their priests fell by the sword,
 and their widows made no lamentation.
Then the Lord awoke as from sleep,
 like a warrior shouting because of wine.
He put his adversaries to rout;
 he put them to everlasting disgrace.
He rejected the tent of Joseph,
 he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim;
 but he chose the tribe of Judah,
 Mount Zion, which he loves.
He built his sanctuary like the high heavens,
 like the earth, which he has founded forever.
He chose his servant David,
 and took him from the sheepfolds;
 from tending the nursing ewes he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob,
 of Israel, his inheritance.
With upright heart he tended them,
 and guided them with skillful hand.

New Testament Lesson: 1 Corinthians 14:20-25


Brothers and sisters, do not be children in your thinking; rather, be infants in evil, but in thinking be adults. In the law it is written,

“By people of strange tongues
 and by the lips of foreigners
I will speak to this people;
 yet even then they will not listen to me¹,”

says the Lord. Tongues, then, are a sign not for believers but for unbelievers, while prophecy is not for unbelievers but for believers. If, therefore, the whole church comes together and all speak in tongues, and outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are out of your mind? But if all prophesy, an unbeliever or outsider who enters is reproved by all and called to account by all. After the secrets of the unbeliever's heart are disclosed, that person will bow down before God and worship him, declaring, “God is really among you.”

¹Isaiah 28,11-12

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

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