Thursday: Preparation for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thursday: Preparation for the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Revised Common Lectionary Proper 15
Roman Catholic Proper 20

Complementary Hebrew Scripture: Isaiah 45:20-25

Assemble yourselves and come together,
 draw near, you survivors of the nations!
 They have no knowledge—
 those who carry about their wooden idols,
 and keep on praying to a god that cannot save.
Declare and present your case;
 let them take counsel together!
 Who told this long ago?
 Who declared it of old?
 Was it not I, the Lord?
There is no other god besides me,
 a righteous God and a Savior;
 there is no one besides me.
Turn to me and be saved,
 all the ends of the earth!
 For I am God, and there is no other.
By myself I have sworn,
 from my mouth has gone forth in righteousness
 a word that shall not return:
 “To me every knee shall bow,
 every tongue shall swear.”
Only in the Lord, it shall be said of me,
 are righteousness and strength;
 all who were incensed against him shall come to him and be ashamed.
In the Lord all the offspring of Israel
 shall triumph and glory.

Semi-continuous Hebrew Scripture: Genesis 41:14-36

Then Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and he was hurriedly brought out of the dungeon. When he had shaved himself and changed his clothes, he came in before Pharaoh. And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it. I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.” Joseph answered Pharaoh, “It is not I; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.” Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “In my dream I was standing on the banks of the Nile; and seven cows, fat and sleek, came up out of the Nile and fed in the reed grass. Then seven other cows came up after them, poor, very ugly, and thin. Never had I seen such ugly ones in all the land of Egypt. The thin and ugly cows ate up the first seven fat cows, but when they had eaten them no one would have known that they had done so, for they were still as ugly as before. Then I awoke. I fell asleep a second time and I saw in my dream seven ears of grain, full and good, growing on one stalk, and seven ears, withered, thin, and blighted by the east wind, sprouting after them; and the thin ears swallowed up the seven good ears. But when I told it to the magicians, there was no one who could explain it to me.”

Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “Pharaoh's dreams are one and the same; God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do. The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good ears are seven years; the dreams are one. The seven lean and ugly cows that came up after them are seven years, as are the seven empty ears blighted by the east wind. They are seven years of famine. It is as I told Pharaoh; God has shown to Pharaoh what he is about to do. There will come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt. After them there will arise seven years of famine, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt; the famine will consume the land. The plenty will no longer be known in the land because of the famine that will follow, for it will be very grievous. And the doubling of Pharaoh's dream means that the thing is fixed by God, and God will shortly bring it about. Now therefore let Pharaoh select a man who is discerning and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt. Let Pharaoh proceed to appoint overseers over the land, and take one-fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt during the seven plenteous years. Let them gather all the food of these good years that are coming, and lay up grain under the authority of Pharaoh for food in the cities, and let them keep it. That food shall be a reserve for the land against the seven years of famine that are to befall the land of Egypt, so that the land may not perish through the famine.”

Complementary Psalm 67

May God be gracious to us and bless us
 and make his face to shine upon us, Selah
 that your way may be known upon earth,
 your saving power among all nations.

Let the peoples praise you, O God;
 let all the peoples praise you.

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
 for you judge the peoples with equity
 and guide the nations upon earth. Selah

Let the peoples praise you, O God;
 let all the peoples praise you.

The earth has yielded its increase;
 God, our God, has blessed us.

May God continue to bless us;
 let all the ends of the earth revere him.

Semi-continuous Psalm 133

How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!

It is like the precious oil on the head,
 running down upon the beard,
 on the beard of Aaron,
 running down over the collar of his robes.

It is like the dew of Hermon,
 which falls on the mountains of Zion.

For there the Lord ordained his blessing, life forevermore.

New Testament Lesson: Revelation 15:1-4

Then I saw another portent in heaven, great and amazing: seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is ended. And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands. And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb:

“Great and amazing are your deeds,
 Lord God the Almighty!
Just and true are your ways,
 King of the nations!
Lord, who will not fear and glorify your name?
 For you alone are holy.
All nations will come and worship before you,
 for your judgments have been revealed.”

Year A Ordinary 20, RCL Proper 15, Catholic Proper 20 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.

Image Credit: The Harp-Playing Victors on the Sea of Glass by an unknown illuminator, via Wikimedia Commons. This is a public domain image. Michael Gilbertson cropped the original image to remove text.

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