Monday: Reflection on the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Monday: Reflection on the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
Revised Common Lectionary Proper 16
Roman Catholic Proper 21

Complementary Hebrew Scripture: 1 Samuel 7:3-13

Then Samuel said to all the house of Israel, “If you are returning to the Lord with all your heart, then put away the foreign gods and the Astartes from among you. Direct your heart to the Lord, and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.” So Israel put away the Baals and the Astartes, and they served the Lord only.

Then Samuel said, “Gather all Israel at Mizpah, and I will pray to the Lord for you.” So they gathered at Mizpah, and drew water and poured it out before the Lord. They fasted that day, and said, “We have sinned against the Lord.” And Samuel judged the people of Israel at Mizpah.

When the Philistines heard that the people of Israel had gathered at Mizpah, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when the people of Israel heard of it they were afraid of the Philistines. The people of Israel said to Samuel, “Do not cease to cry out to the Lord our God for us, and pray that he may save us from the hand of the Philistines.” So Samuel took a sucking lamb and offered it as a whole burnt offering to the Lord; Samuel cried out to the Lord for Israel, and the Lord answered him. As Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to attack Israel; but the Lord thundered with a mighty voice that day against the Philistines and threw them into confusion; and they were routed before Israel. And the men of Israel went out of Mizpah and pursued the Philistines, and struck them down as far as beyond Beth-car.

Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Jeshanah, and named it Ebenezer; for he said, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.” So the Philistines were subdued and did not again enter the territory of Israel; the hand of the Lord was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel.

Semi-continuous Hebrew Scripture: Exodus 1:1-7

These are the names of the sons of Israel who came to Egypt with Jacob, each with his household:

Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah,
Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin,
Dan and Naphtali, Gad and Asher.

The total number of people born to Jacob was seventy. Joseph was already in Egypt. Then Joseph died, and all his brothers, and that whole generation. But the Israelites were fruitful and prolific; they multiplied and grew exceedingly strong, so that the land was filled with them.


Complementary Psalm 18:1-3, 20-32

I love you, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer,
 my God, my rock in whom I take refuge,
 my shield, and the horn of my salvation,
 my stronghold.
I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,
 so I shall be saved from my enemies.

The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness;
 according to the cleanness of my hands
 he recompensed me.
For I have kept the ways of the Lord,
 and have not wickedly departed from my God.
For all his ordinances were before me,
 and his statutes I did not put away from me.
I was blameless before him, and I kept myself from guilt.

Therefore the Lord has recompensed me according to my righteousness,
 according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.
With the loyal you show yourself loyal;
 with the blameless you show yourself blameless;
 with the pure you show yourself pure;
 and with the crooked you show yourself perverse.
For you deliver a humble people,
 but the haughty eyes you bring down.
It is you who light my lamp;
 the Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.

By you I can crush a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall.
This God—his way is perfect;
 the promise of the Lord proves true;
 he is a shield for all who take refuge in him.
For who is God except the Lord?
And who is a rock besides our God?—
the God who girded me with strength, and made my way safe.

Semi-continuous Psalm 8

O Lord, our Sovereign,
  how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory above the heavens.

Out of the mouths of babes and infants
  you have founded a bulwark
  because of your foes,
  to silence the enemy and the avenger.

When I look at your heavens,
  the work of your fingers,
  the moon and the stars that you have established;
  what are human beings
  that you are mindful of them,
  mortals that you care for them?

Yet you have made them a little lower than God,
  and crowned them with glory and honor.

You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;
  you have put all things under their feet,
  all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,
  the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
  whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Sovereign,
  how majestic is your name in all the earth!

New Testament Epistle Lesson: Romans 2:1-11

Therefore you have no excuse, whoever you are, when you judge others; for in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things.
You say, "We know that God's judgment on those who do such things is in accordance with truth."
Do you imagine, whoever you are, that when you judge those who do such things and yet do them yourself, you will escape the judgment of God?
Or do you despise the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience? Do you not realize that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?
But by your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath, when God's righteous judgment will be revealed.
For he will repay according to each one's deeds:
to those who by patiently doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life;
while for those who are self-seeking and who obey not the truth but wickedness, there will be wrath and fury.
There will be anguish and distress for everyone who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek,
but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek.
For God shows no partiality.

Year A Ordinary 21, RCL Proper 16, Catholic Proper 21 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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