What's Ahead in the Bible Readings for Ordinary 14?

The Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Other designations for this week: Catholic Proper 14, Revised Common Lectionary Proper 9, The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Remember that from now through Advent we have two series of readings, the complementary and the semi-continuous. Most denominations allow pastors to choose from either series. More information about the two series is here: Which Series?

Those who are following the semi-continuous series will be reading about Jacob and Esau. Here is an overview: Jacob and Esau. What the overview does not tell you is that Jacob and Esau ultimately reconcile. The image is of Isaac blessing Jacob, whom he thinks is Esau.

Thursday: Preparation for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Complementary: Zechariah 1:1-6 Return to me, says the Lord of hosts, and I will return to you.
Semi-continuous: Genesis 25:19-27 Isaac's descendants
Both: Romans 7:1-6 We are slaves not under the old written code, but in the new life of the Spirit.

Friday: Preparation for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Complementary: Isaiah 48:6-11 I have refined you in the furnace of adversity.
Semi-continuous: Deuteronomy 32:1-10 The Song of Moses
Both: Romans 15:14-21 Paul's mission is to the Gentiles.

Saturday: Preparation for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Complementary: Zechariah 4:1-7 Zechariah has a vision.
Semi-continuous: Genesis 27: 18-29 Jacob pretends to be Esau and receives Isaac's blessing.
Both: Luke 10:21-24 Jesus tells the disciples, "Many prophets and kings desired to see what you see and to hear what you hear, but did not."

The Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Complementary: Zechariah 9:9-12 God shall command peace to the nations; his dominion shall be from sea to sea, to the ends of the earth.
Semi-continuous: Portions of Genesis 24 Abraham's servant finds a wife for Isaac.
Both: Romans 7:15-25a Paul writes, "I do not do the thing I want, but the very thing I hate. I can will what is right but I cannot do it."
Both: portions of Matthew 11 Jesus says, "Come to me, all you who are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest."

Monday: Reflection on the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Complementary: Jeremiah 27:1-11, 16-22 The vessels in the house of the Lord will go to Babylon.
Semi-continuous: Genesis 27:30-46 Esau comes for his blessing, but does not get it.
Both: Romans 1:18-25 God gave up those who suppress the truth because they served the creature rather than the Creator.

Tuesday: Reflection on the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Complementary: Jeremiah 28:10-17 God put an iron yoke on nations so that they would serve Babylon's king.
Semi-continuous: Genesis 29:1-14 Jacob sees Rachel for the first time, kisses her, and weeps aloud.
Both: Romans 3:1-8 The advantage of the Jews.

Wednesday: Reflection on the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Complementary: Jeremiah 13:1-11 The people have failed to listen to God.
Semi-continuous: Genesis 29:31-35 Leah's children
Both: John 13:1-17 Jesus washes his disciples' feet as a lesson in humility.

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Thank you for all that you do to help those on the margins of society.
Mike Gilbertson

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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.

Image Credit: Isaac Blessing Jacob by Gerrit Willemsz Horst. This public domain image was downloaded via Wikimedia Commons

What's Ahead Ordinary Time 14

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