Monday: Reflection on Trinity Sunday

Hebrew Scripture: Job 38:39–39:12

[Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind: Job 38:1]

“Can you hunt the prey for the lion,
  or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
  when they crouch in their dens,
  or lie in wait in their covert?
  Who provides for the raven its prey,
   when its young ones cry to God,
   and wander about for lack of food?

“Do you know when the mountain goats give birth?
  Do you observe the calving of the deer?
  Can you number the months that they fulfill,
   and do you know the time when they give birth,
   when they crouch to give birth to their offspring,
   and are delivered of their young?
  Their young ones become strong,
   they grow up in the open;
   they go forth, and do not return to them.

“Who has let the wild ass go free?
  Who has loosed the bonds of the swift ass,
  to which I have given the steppe for its home,
  the salt land for its dwelling place?
  It scorns the tumult of the city;
   it does not hear the shouts of the driver.
  It ranges the mountains as its pasture,
   and it searches after every green thing.

“Is the wild ox willing to serve you?
  Will it spend the night at your crib?
  Can you tie it in the furrow with ropes,
   or will it harrow the valleys after you?
  Will you depend on it because its strength is great,
   and will you hand over your labor to it?
  Do you have faith in it that it will return,
   and bring your grain to your threshing floor?”

Psalm 29

Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,
  ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name;
  worship the Lord in holy splendor.

The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
  the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over mighty waters.

The voice of the Lord is powerful;
  the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.

The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
  the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.

He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
  and Sirion like a young wild ox.

The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.

The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
  the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to whirl,
  and strips the forest bare; and in his temple all say, “Glory!”

The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
  the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.

May the Lord give strength to his people!

May the Lord bless his people with peace!

New Testament Epistle Lesson: 1 Corinthians 12:1-3

Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans, you were enticed and led astray to idols that could not speak. Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says “Let Jesus be cursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit.

Year A Trinity 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 1995 by the Consultation on Common Texts.

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