Tuesday: Reflection on the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Revised Common Lectionary Proper 8
Roman Catholic Proper 13

Complementary Hebrew Scripture: 1 Kings 21:17-29

Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying: Go down to meet King Ahab of Israel, who rules in Samaria; he is now in the vineyard of Naboth, where he has gone to take possession. You shall say to him, “Thus says the LORD: Have you killed, and also taken possession?” You shall say to him, “Thus says the LORD: In the place where dogs licked up the blood of Naboth, dogs will also lick up your blood.” Ahab said to Elijah, “Have you found me, O my enemy?” He answered, “I have found you. Because you have sold yourself to do what is evil in the sight of the LORD, I will bring disaster on you; I will consume you, and will cut off from Ahab every male, bond or free, in Israel; and I will make your house like the house of Jeroboam son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha son of Ahijah, because you have provoked me to anger and have caused Israel to sin. Also concerning Jezebel the LORD said, ‘The dogs shall eat Jezebel within the bounds of Jezreel.’ Anyone belonging to Ahab who dies in the city the dogs shall eat; and anyone of his who dies in the open country the birds of the air shall eat.” (Indeed, there was no one like Ahab, who sold himself to do what was evil in the sight of the LORD, urged on by his wife Jezebel. He acted most abominably in going after idols, as the Amorites had done, whom the LORD drove out before the Israelites.) When Ahab heard those words, he tore his clothes and put sackcloth over his bare flesh; he fasted, lay in the sackcloth, and went about dejectedly. Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite: “Have you seen how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself before me, I will not bring the disaster in his days; but in his son's days I will bring the disaster on his house.”

Semi-continuous Hebrew Scripture: 1 Kings 18:36-39

[Elijah and the prophets of Baal both have bulls and an altar for sacrifice. Elijah said that the god who answered the prophets with fire was indeed God. The prophets of Baal have called on him, but no fire came.]

At the time of the offering of the oblation, the prophet Elijah came near and said, “O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your bidding. Answer me, O LORD, answer me, so that this people may know that you, O LORD, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.” Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt offering, the wood, the stones, and the dust, and even licked up the water that was in the trench. When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, “The LORD indeed is God; the LORD indeed is God.”

Complementary Psalm 119:161-168

Princes persecute me without cause,
 but my heart stands in awe of your words.
I rejoice at your word like one who finds great spoil.
I hate and abhor falsehood,
 but I love your law.
Seven times a day I praise you
 for your righteous ordinances.
Great peace have those who love your law;
 nothing can make them stumble.
I hope for your salvation, O Lord,
 and I fulfill your commandments.
My soul keeps your decrees;
 I love them exceedingly.
I keep your precepts and decrees,
 for all my ways are before you.

Semi-continuous Psalm 47

Clap your hands, all you peoples;
 shout to God with loud songs of joy.
For the Lord, the Most High, is awesome,
 a great king over all the earth.
He subdued peoples under us,
 and nations under our feet.
He chose our heritage for us,
 the pride of Jacob whom he loves. Selah

God has gone up with a shout,
 the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
Sing praises to God, sing praises;
 sing praises to our King, sing praises.
For God is the king of all the earth;
 sing praises with a psalm.

God is king over the nations;
 God sits on his holy throne.
The princes of the peoples gather
 as the people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong to God;
 he is highly exalted.

New Testament Epistle Lesson: 1 John 4:1-6


Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. And this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming; and now it is already in the world. Little children, you are from God, and have conquered them; for the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore what they say is from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us, and whoever is not from God does not listen to us. From this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

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

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: The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh, via Wikimedia Commons. This is a public domain image.

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