Monday: Reflection on the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

This week's blog post is here. It has a review of The Amplified Bible, a chance to think about our own blindness, and summaries and links for the lessons through Wednesday.

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

Complementary Hebrew Scripture: Exodus 4:1-17

Then Moses answered the Lord, “But suppose they do not believe me or listen to me, but say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you.’”  The Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A staff.” And he said, “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw the staff on the ground, and it became a snake; and Moses drew back from it. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Reach out your hand, and seize it by the tail”—so he reached out his hand and grasped it, and it became a staff in his hand—“so that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.”

Again, the Lord said to him, “Put your hand inside your cloak.” He put his hand into his cloak; and when he took it out, his hand was leprous, as white as snow. Then God said, “Put your hand back into your cloak”—so he put his hand back into his cloak, and when he took it out, it was restored like the rest of his body—“If they will not believe you or heed the first sign, they may believe the second sign. If they will not believe even these two signs or heed you, you shall take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground; and the water that you shall take from the Nile will become blood on the dry ground.”

But Moses said to the Lord, “O my Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor even now that you have spoken to your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” Then the Lord said to him, “Who gives speech to mortals? Who makes them mute or deaf, seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you are to speak.” But he said, “O my Lord, please send someone else.” Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses and he said, “What of your brother Aaron, the Levite? I know that he can speak fluently; even now he is coming out to meet you, and when he sees you his heart will be glad. You shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth; and I will be with your mouth and with his mouth, and will teach you what you shall do. He indeed shall speak for you to the people; he shall serve as a mouth for you, and you shall serve as God for him. Take in your hand this staff, with which you shall perform the signs.”

Semi-continuous Hebrew Scripture: Isaiah 59:9-19

[Your hands are defiled with blood,
 and your fingers with iniquity. {Isaiah 59:3}]

Therefore justice is far from us,
 and righteousness does not reach us;
we wait for light, and lo!there is darkness;
 and for brightness, but we walk in gloom.
We grope like the blind along a wall,
 groping like those who have no eyes;
we stumble at noon as in the twilight,
 among the vigorous as though we were dead.
We all growl like bears;
 like doves we moan mournfully.
We wait for justice, but there is none;
 for salvation, but it is far from us.
For our transgressions before you are many,
 and our sins testify against us.
Our transgressions indeed are with us,
 and we know our iniquities:
transgressing, and denying the Lord,
 and turning away from following our God,
talking oppression and revolt,
 conceiving lying words and uttering them from the heart.
Justice is turned back,
 and righteousness stands at a distance;
for truth stumbles in the public square,
 and uprightness cannot enter.
Truth is lacking,
 and whoever turns from evil is despoiled.

The Lord saw it, and it displeased him
 that there was no justice.
He saw that there was no one,
and was appalled that there was no one to intervene;
 so his own arm brought him victory,
 and his righteousness upheld him.
He put on righteousness like a breastplate,
 and a helmet of salvation on his head;¹
he put on garments of vengeance for clothing,
 and wrapped himself in fury as in a mantle.
According to their deeds,
 so will he repay;
 wrath to his adversaries, requital to his enemies;
 to the coastlands he will render requital.
So those in the west shall fear the name of the Lord,
 and those in the east, his glory;
for he will come like a pent-up stream
 that the wind of the Lord drives on.

Paul uses these phrases in describing the whole armor of God in Ephesians 6:10-17 and in describing the coming day of the Lord in 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11.

Complementary Psalm 119:17-24

Deal bountifully with your servant,
 so that I may live and observe your word.
Open my eyes, so that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.
I live as an alien in the land;
 do not hide your commandments from me.
My soul is consumed with longing
 for your ordinances at all times.
You rebuke the insolent, accursed ones,
 who wander from your commandments;
take away from me their scorn and contempt,
 for I have kept your decrees.
Even though princes sit plotting against me,
 your servant will meditate on your statutes.
Your decrees are my delight,
 they are my counselors.

Semi-continuous Psalm 28

To you, O Lord, I call;
 my rock, do not refuse to hear me,
for if you are silent to me,
 I shall be like those who go down to the Pit.
Hear the voice of my supplication,
 as I cry to you for help,
as I lift up my hands toward your most holy sanctuary.

Do not drag me away with the wicked,
 with those who are workers of evil,
who speak peace with their neighbors,
 while mischief is in their hearts.
Repay them according to their work,
 and according to the evil of their deeds;
repay them according to the work of their hands;
 render them their due reward.¹
Because they do not regard the works of the Lord,
or the work of his hands,
 he will break them down and build them up no more.

Blessed be the Lord,
 for he has heard the sound of my pleadings.
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
 in him my heart trusts;
so I am helped, and my heart exults,
 and with my song I give thanks to him.

The Lord is the strength of his people;
 he is the saving refuge of his anointed.
O save your people, and bless your heritage;
 be their shepherd, and carry them forever.

¹Paul hopes this will happen to Alexander the coppersmith in 2 Timothy 4:14.

New Testament Lesson: 1 Peter 2:1-10

Jesus Christ - The Chief Cornerstone

Rid yourselves, therefore, of all malice, and all guile, insincerity, envy, and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation—if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God's sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in scripture:

“See, I am laying in Zion a stone,
 a cornerstone chosen and precious;
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”¹

To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe,

“The stone that the builders rejected
 has become the very head of the corner,”²

and

“A stone that makes them stumble,
 and a rock that makes them fall.”³

They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

Once you were not a people,
 but now you are God's people;
once you had not received mercy,
 but now you have received mercy.*

¹Isaiah 28:16   ²Psalm 118:22   ³Isaiah 8:14
*This is an allusion to
Exodus 19:3-6 (where God tells Moses that his people have been chosen as God's own possession) and Isaiah 43:20-21 (where God declares sovereignty over the earth).

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