The Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

This week's blog post is here. It has a review of The Inclusive Bible, summaries and links for this week's readings, Christ's discussion of humility, and more about the Book of Job.

More information about the complementary and semi-continuous series is here: Which Series?

Complementary Hebrew Scripture from the Latter Prophets: Isaiah 53:4-12¹

Surely he has borne our infirmities
 and carried our diseases;
yet we accounted him stricken,
 struck down by God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions,
 crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the punishment that made us whole,
 and by his bruises we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
 we have all turned to our own way,
and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
 yet he did not open his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
 and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
By a perversion of justice he was taken away.
Who could have imagined his future?
For he was cut off from the land of the living,
 stricken for the transgression of my people.²
They made his grave with the wicked
 and his tomb with the rich,
although he had done no violence,
 and there was no deceit in his mouth.

Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him with pain.
When you make his life an offering for sin,
 he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days;
through him the will of the Lord shall prosper.
Out of his anguish he shall see light;
 he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge.
The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous,
 and he shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great,
 and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;
because he poured out himself to death,
 and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
 and made intercession for the transgressors.³

¹Peter uses many of these verses when he urges respect for authorities in 1 Peter 2:13-25.    ²The Ethiopian eunuch was reading these verses (starting with “He was oppressed”) when Philip encountered him, used the verses to explain the Gospel and afterward baptized him (Acts 8:26-40).    ³In the account of the crucifixion in Mark 15:21-32, Jesus is mocked as one of the lawless ones. In Jesus' final discourse in Luke 22:21-28, he says that this scripture must be fulfilled. This verse is also referred to in a discussion of Christ's service in the heavenly sanctuary in Hebrews 9:11-28.

Semi-continuous Hebrew Scripture from the Writings: Job 38:1-7, 34-41

Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind:
 “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
Gird up your loins like a man,
 I will question you, and you shall declare to me.

“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
 Tell me, if you have understanding.
Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
 Or who stretched the line upon it?
On what were its bases sunk,
 or who laid its cornerstone
when the morning stars sang together
 and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy?

“Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
 so that a flood of waters may cover you?
Can you send forth lightnings, so that they may
 go and say to you, ‘Here we are’?
Who has put wisdom in the inward parts,
 or given understanding to the mind?
Who has the wisdom to number the clouds?
 Or who can tilt the waterskins of the heavens,
when the dust runs into a mass
 and the clods cling together?

“Can you hunt the prey for the lion,
 or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
when they crouch in their dens,
 or lie in wait in their covert?
Who provides for the raven its prey,
 when its young ones cry to God,
 and wander about for lack of food?”

Complementary Psalm 91:9-16

Because you have made the Lord your refuge,
 the Most High your dwelling place,
no evil shall befall you,
 no scourge come near your tent.

For he will command his angels concerning you
 to guard you in all your ways.
On their hands they will bear you up,
 so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.¹
You will tread on the lion and the adder,
 the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot.

Those who love me, I will deliver;
 I will protect those who know my name.
When they call to me, I will answer them;
 I will be with them in trouble,
 I will rescue them and honor them.
With long life I will satisfy them,
 and show them my salvation.

¹Satan uses these phrases when tempting Jesus (Matthew 4:1-11 and Luke 4:1-13).

Semi-continuous Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35b

Bless the Lord, O my soul.
O Lord my God, you are very great.
You are clothed with honor and majesty,
 wrapped in light as with a garment.
You stretch out the heavens like a tent,
 you set the beams of your chambers on the waters,
you make the clouds your chariot,
 you ride on the wings of the wind,
you make the winds your messengers,
 fire and flame your ministers.¹

You set the earth on its foundations,
 so that it shall never be shaken.
You cover it with the deep as with a garment;
 the waters stood above the mountains.
At your rebuke they flee;
 at the sound of your thunder they take to flight.
They rose up to the mountains,
 ran down to the valleys
to the place that you appointed for them.
You set a boundary that they may not pass,
 so that they might not again cover the earth.

O Lord, how manifold are your works!
 In wisdom you have made them all;
 the earth is full of your creatures.

Bless the Lord, O my soul.
 Praise the Lord!

This idea is used in Hebrews 1:5-13, about how the Son is superior to the angels.

New Testament Epistle Lesson: Hebrews 5:1-10

Every high priest chosen from among mortals is put in charge of things pertaining to God on their behalf, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is subject to weakness; and because of this he must offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. And one does not presume to take this honor, but takes it only when called by God, just as Aaron was. So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him,

“You are my Son,
 today I have begotten you”;¹

as he says also in another place,

“You are a priest forever,
 according to the order of Melchizedek.”²

In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

¹Psalm 2:7   ²Psalm 110:4

New Testament Gospel Lesson: Mark 10:35-45¹

Call of the Sons of Zebedee

Zebedee's children James and John approached Jesus. “Teacher,” they said, ”we want you to grant our request.”

“What is it?” Jesus asked.

They replied, “See to it that we are next to you, one at your right hand and one at your left, when you come into your glory.”

Jesus told them, “You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptised in the same baptism as I?”

“We can,” they replied. Jesus said in response, “From the cup I drink of, you will drink; the baptism I am immersed in you will share. But as for sitting at my right or my left, that is not mine to give; it is for those to whom it has been reserved.”

The other ten, on hearing this, became indignant at James and John.

Jesus called them together and said, “You know how among the Gentiles those who exercise authority are domineering and arrogant; those ‘great ones’ know how to make their own importance felt. But it can't be like that with you. Anyone among you who aspires to greatness must serve the rest; whoever wants to rank first among you must serve the needs of all. The Promised One has not come to be serve, but to serve—to give one life in ransom for the many.”(The Inclusive Bible)

¹There is a parallel passage at Matthew 20:20-28.

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