Friday: Preparation for the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Revised Common Lectionary Proper 6
Roman Catholic Proper 11

Complementary Hebrew Scripture: Exodus 4:27-31

The LORD said to Aaron, “Go into the wilderness to meet Moses.” So he went; and he met him at the mountain of God and kissed him. Moses told Aaron all the words of the LORD with which he had sent him, and all the signs with which he had charged him. Then Moses and Aaron went and assembled all the elders of the Israelites. Aaron spoke all the words that the LORD had spoken to Moses, and performed the signs in the sight of the people. The people believed; and when they heard that the LORD had given heed to the Israelites and that he had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped.

Semi-continuous Hebrew Scripture: Genesis 24:1-9

Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years; and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things. Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his house, who had charge of all that he had, “Put your hand under my thigh and I will make you swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and earth, that you will not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I live, but will go to my country and to my kindred and get a wife for my son Isaac.” The servant said to him, “Perhaps the woman may not be willing to follow me to this land; must I then take your son back to the land from which you came?” Abraham said to him, “See to it that you do not take my son back there. The LORD, the God of heaven, who took me from my father's house and from the land of my birth, and who spoke to me and swore to me, ‘To your offspring I will give this land,’ he will send his angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there. But if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be free from this oath of mine; only you must not take my son back there.” So the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master and swore to him concerning this matter.

Complementary Psalm 100

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
  Worship the Lord with gladness;
  come into his presence with singing.

Know that the Lord is God.

It is he that made us, and we are his;
  we are his people,
  and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
  and his courts with praise.

Give thanks to him, bless his name.
  For the Lord is good;
  his steadfast love endures forever,
  and his faithfulness to all generations.

Semi-continuous Psalm 116:1-2,12-19

I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice
 and my supplications.
  Because he inclined his ear to me,
  therefore I will call on him as long as I live.

What shall I return to the Lord for all his bounty to me?
  I will lift up the cup of salvation
  and call on the name of the Lord,
  I will pay my vows to the Lord
 in the presence of all his people.

Precious in the sight of the Lord
 is the death of his faithful ones.

O Lord, I am your servant;
  I am your servant, the child of your serving girl.
  You have loosed my bonds.
  I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice
  and call on the name of the Lord.

I will pay my vows to the Lord
 in the presence of all his people,
  in the courts of the house of the Lord,
  in your midst, O Jerusalem.

Praise the Lord!

New Testament Epistle Lesson: Acts 7:35-43

[Stephen is speaking before the Sanhedrin]

“It was this Moses whom they rejected when they said, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge?’ and whom God now sent as both ruler and liberator through the angel who appeared to him in the bush. He led them out, having performed wonders and signs in Egypt, at the Red Sea, and in the wilderness for forty years. This is the Moses who said to the Israelites, ‘God will raise up a prophet for you from your own people as he raised me up.’¹ He is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him at Mount Sinai, and with our ancestors; and he received living oracles to give to us. Our ancestors were unwilling to obey him; instead, they pushed him aside, and in their hearts they turned back to Egypt, saying to Aaron, ‘Make gods for us who will lead the way for us; as for this Moses who led us out from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has happened to him.’² At that time they made a calf, offered a sacrifice to the idol, and reveled in the works of their hands. But God turned away from them and handed them over to worship the host of heaven, as it is written in the book of the prophets:

‘Did you offer to me slain victims and sacrifices
 forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel?
No; you took along the tent of Moloch,
 and the star of your god Rephan,
 the images that you made to worship;
 so I will remove you beyond Babylon.’³”

¹Deuteronomy 18:15
²Exodus 32:1
³Amos 5:25-27

Year A Ordinary 11, RCL Proper 6, Catholic Proper 11 Friday

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: Fresco representing Saint Stephen tried before the Sanhedrin by Josef Arnold der Ältere in the parish church of Lajen, via Wikimedia Commons. and licensed under Creative Commons 3.0.

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