Thursday: Preparation for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Revised Common Lectionary Proper 8
Roman Catholic Proper 13

Complementary Hebrew Scripture: Jeremiah 25:1-7

The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah, in the fourth year of King Jehoiakim son of Josiah of Judah (that was the first year of King Nebuchadrezzar of Babylon), which the prophet Jeremiah spoke to all the people of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem: For twenty-three years, from the thirteenth year of King Josiah son of Amon of Judah, to this day, the word of the LORD has come to me, and I have spoken persistently to you, but you have not listened. And though the LORD persistently sent you all his servants the prophets, you have neither listened nor inclined your ears to hear when they said, “Turn now, everyone of you, from your evil way and wicked doings, and you will remain upon the land that the LORD has given to you and your ancestors from of old and forever; do not go after other gods to serve and worship them, and do not provoke me to anger with the work of your hands. Then I will do you no harm.” Yet you did not listen to me, says the LORD, and so you have provoked me to anger with the work of your hands to your own harm.

Semi-continuous Hebrew Scripture:Micah 7:18-20

Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity
 and passing over the transgression
 of the remnant of your possession?
He does not retain his anger forever,
 because he delights in showing clemency.
He will again have compassion upon us;
 he will tread our iniquities under foot.
You will cast all our sins
 into the depths of the sea.
You will show faithfulness to Jacob
 and unswerving loyalty to Abraham,
 as you have sworn to our ancestors
 from the days of old.

Complementary Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18

I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, forever;
 with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness
 to all generations.
I declare that your steadfast love is established forever;
 your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.
You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
 I have sworn to my servant David:
 ‘I will establish your descendants forever,
 and build your throne for all generations.’” Selah

Happy are the people who know the festal shout,
 who walk, O Lord,
 in the light of your countenance;
 they exult in your name all day long,
 and extol your righteousness.

For you are the glory of their strength;
 by your favor our horn is exalted.

For our shield belongs to the Lord,
 our king to the Holy One of Israel.

Semi-continuous Psalm 13

How long, O Lord?
 Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I bear pain in my soul,
 and have sorrow in my heart all day long?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

Consider and answer me,
 O Lord my God!
Give light to my eyes,
 or I will sleep the sleep of death,
 and my enemy will say, “I have prevailed”;
 my foes will rejoice because I am shaken.

But I trusted in your steadfast love;
 my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
 because he has dealt bountifully with me.

New Testament Epistle Lesson: Galatians 5:2-6


Listen! I, Paul, am telling you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no benefit to you. Once again I testify to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obliged to obey the entire law. You who want to be justified by the law have cut yourselves off from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. For through the Spirit, by faith, we eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything; the only thing that counts is faith working through love.

Year A Ordinary 13, RCL Proper 8, Catholic Proper 13 Thursday


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.

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