Monday: Reflection on the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Revised Common Lectionary Proper 7
Roman Catholic Proper 12

Complementary Hebrew Scripture: Micah 7:1-7

Woe is me!
 For I have become like one who,
  after the summer fruit has been gathered,
  after the vintage has been gleaned,
  finds no cluster to eat;
 there is no first-ripe fig for which I hunger.
The faithful have disappeared from the land,
 and there is no one left who is upright;
 they all lie in wait for blood,
 and they hunt each other with nets.
Their hands are skilled to do evil;
 the official and the judge ask for a bribe,
 and the powerful dictate what they desire;
 thus they pervert justice.
The best of them is like a brier,
 the most upright of them a thorn hedge.
The day of their sentinels,
 of their punishment, has come;
 now their confusion is at hand.
Put no trust in a friend,
 have no confidence in a loved one;
 guard the doors of your mouth
 from her who lies in your embrace;
for the son treats the father with contempt,
 the daughter rises up against her mother,
 the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
 your enemies are members of your own household.
But as for me,
 I will look to the LORD,
 I will wait for the God of my salvation;
 my God will hear me.

Semi-continuous Hebrew Scripture: Genesis 16:1-15

Now Sarai, Abram's wife, bore him no children. She had an Egyptian slave-girl whose name was Hagar, and Sarai said to Abram, “You see that the LORD has prevented me from bearing children; go in to my slave-girl; it may be that I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai. So, after Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, Sarai, Abram's wife, took Hagar the Egyptian, her slave-girl, and gave her to her husband Abram as a wife. He went in to Hagar, and she conceived; and when she saw that she had conceived, she looked with contempt on her mistress. Then Sarai said to Abram, “May the wrong done to me be on you! I gave my slave-girl to your embrace, and when she saw that she had conceived, she looked on me with contempt. May the LORD judge between you and me!” But Abram said to Sarai, “Your slave-girl is in your power; do to her as you please.” Then Sarai dealt harshly with her, and she ran away from her.

The angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur. And he said, “Hagar, slave-girl of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?” She said, “I am running away from my mistress Sarai.” The angel of the LORD said to her, “Return to your mistress, and submit to her.” The angel of the LORD also said to her, “I will so greatly multiply your offspring that they cannot be counted for multitude.” And the angel of the LORD said to her,

“Now you have conceived
 and shall bear a son;
 you shall call him Ishmael,
 for the LORD has given heed
 to your affliction.
He shall be a wild ass of a man,
 with his hand against everyone,
 and everyone's hand against him;
 and he shall live at odds with all his kin.”

So she named the LORD who spoke to her, “You are El-roi” ; for she said, “Have I really seen God and remained alive after seeing him?” Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi; it lies between Kadesh and Bered. Hagar bore Abram a son; and Abram named his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael.

Complementary Psalm 6

O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger,
 or discipline me in your wrath.
Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing;
 O Lord, heal me,
 for my bones are shaking with terror.
My soul also is struck with terror,
 while you, O Lord—how long?

Turn, O Lord, save my life;
 deliver me for the sake of your steadfast love.
For in death there is no remembrance of you;
 in Sheol who can give you praise?

I am weary with my moaning;
 every night I flood my bed with tears;
 I drench my couch with my weeping.
My eyes waste away because of grief;
 they grow weak because of all my foes.

Depart from me, all you workers of evil,
 for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping.
The Lord has heard my supplication;
 the Lord accepts my prayer.
All my enemies shall be ashamed
 and struck with terror;
 they shall turn back,
 and in a moment be put to shame.

Semi-continuous Psalm 86:11-17

Teach me your way, O Lord,
 that I may walk in your truth;
 give me an undivided heart to revere your name.
I give thanks to you, O Lord my God,
 with my whole heart,
 and I will glorify your name forever.
For great is your steadfast love toward me;
 you have delivered my soul
 from the depths of Sheol.

O God, the insolent rise up against me;
 a band of ruffians seeks my life,
 and they do not set you before them.
But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
 slow to anger
 and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
Turn to me and be gracious to me;
 give your strength to your servant;
 save the child of your serving girl.
Show me a sign of your favor,
 so that those who hate me may see it
 and be put to shame,
 because you, Lord, have helped me
 and comforted me.

New Testament Lesson: Revelation 2:1-7

“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands:

“I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance. I know that you cannot tolerate evildoers; you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them to be false. I also know that you are enduring patiently and bearing up for the sake of my name, and that you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember then from what you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. Yet this is to your credit: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. To everyone who conquers, I will give permission to eat from the tree of life that is in the paradise of God.”

Year A Ordinary 12, RCL Proper 7, Catholic Proper 12 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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