Friday: Preparation for the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Revised Common Lectionary Proper 13
Roman Catholic Proper 18

Complementary Hebrew Scripture from The Writings: Proverbs 24:1-12

Do not envy the wicked,
 nor desire to be with them;
for their minds devise violence,
 and their lips talk of mischief.

By wisdom a house is built,
 and by understanding it is established;
by knowledge the rooms are filled
 with all precious and pleasant riches.
Wise warriors are mightier than strong ones,
 and those who have knowledge than those who have strength;
for by wise guidance you can wage your war,
 and in abundance of counselors there is victory.
Wisdom is too high for fools;
 in the gate they do not open their mouths.

Whoever plans to do evil
 will be called a mischief-maker.
The devising of folly is sin,
 and the scoffer is an abomination to all.

If you faint in the day of adversity,
 your strength being small;
if you hold back from rescuing those taken away to death,
 those who go staggering to the slaughter;
if you say, “Look, we did not know this”—
 does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it?
And will he not repay all according to their deeds?¹

Paul refers to this verse in Romans 2:2-11, about the righteous judgment of God, and in 2 Timothy 4:14, where he writes that God will repay Alexander the coppersmith for his deeds.

Semi-continuous Hebrew Scripture Lesson from The Twelve Prophets: Hosea 9:1-17

Do not rejoice, O Israel!
 Do not exult as other nations do;
for you have played the whore,
 departing from your God.
You have loved a prostitute's pay
 on all threshing floors.
Threshing floor and wine vat shall not feed them,
 and the new wine shall fail them.
They shall not remain in the land of the Lord;
 but Ephraim shall return to Egypt,
 and in Assyria they shall eat unclean food.
They shall not pour drink offerings of wine to the Lord,
 and their sacrifices shall not please him.
Such sacrifices shall be like mourners' bread;
 all who eat of it shall be defiled;
for their bread shall be for their hunger only;
 it shall not come to the house of the Lord.

What will you do on the day of appointed festival,
 and on the day of the festival of the Lord?
For even if they escape destruction,
 Egypt shall gather them,
 Memphis shall bury them.
Nettles shall possess their precious things of silver;
 thorns shall be in their tents.

The days of punishment have come,
 the days of recompense have come;
Israel cries, “The prophet is a fool,
 the man of the spirit is mad!”
Because of your great iniquity,
 your hostility is great.
The prophet is a sentinel for my God over Ephraim,
yet a fowler's snare is on all his ways,
 and hostility in the house of his God.
They have deeply corrupted themselves
 as in the days of Gibeah;
he will remember their iniquity,
 he will punish their sins.

Like grapes in the wilderness,
 I found Israel.
Like the first fruit on the fig tree,
 in its first season,
 I saw your ancestors.
But they came to Baal-peor,
 and consecrated themselves to a thing of shame,
 and became detestable like the thing they loved.
Ephraim's glory shall fly away like a bird–
 no birth, no pregnancy, no conception!
Even if they bring up children,
 I will bereave them until no one is left.
Woe to them indeed
 when I depart from them!
Once I saw Ephraim as a young palm planted in a lovely meadow,
 but now Ephraim must lead out his children for slaughter.
Give them, O Lord–
 what will you give?
Give them a miscarrying womb
 and dry breasts.

Every evil of theirs began at Gilgal;
 there I came to hate them.
Because of the wickedness of their deeds
 I will drive them out of my house.
I will love them no more;
 all their officials are rebels.
Ephraim is stricken,
 their root is dried up,
 they shall bear no fruit.
Even though they give birth,
 I will kill the cherished offspring of their womb.
Because they have not listened to him,
 my God will reject them;
 they shall become wanderers among the nations.

Complementary Psalm 49:1-12

Hear this, all you peoples;
give ear, all inhabitants of the world,
 both low and high, rich and poor together.
My mouth shall speak wisdom;
 the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.
I will incline my ear to a proverb;
 I will solve my riddle to the music of the harp.

Why should I fear in times of trouble,
 when the iniquity of my persecutors surrounds me,
those who trust in their wealth
 and boast of the abundance of their riches?
Truly, no ransom avails for one's life,
 there is no price one can give to God for it.
For the ransom of life is costly,
 and can never suffice
that one should live on forever
 and never see the grave.

When we look at the wise, they die;
 fool and dolt perish together
 and leave their wealth to others.
Their graves are their homes forever,
 their dwelling places to all generations,
 though they named lands their own.
Mortals cannot abide in their pomp;
 they are like the animals that perish.

Semi-continuous Psalm 107:1-9, 43

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
 for his steadfast love endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
 those he redeemed from trouble
and gathered in from the lands,
 from the east and from the west,
 from the north and from the south.

Some wandered in desert wastes,
 finding no way to an inhabited town;
hungry and thirsty,
 their soul fainted within them.

Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
 and he delivered them from their distress;
he led them by a straight way,
 until they reached an inhabited town.
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
 for his wonderful works to humankind.
For he satisfies the thirsty,
 and the hungry he fills with good things.

Let those who are wise give heed to these things,
 and consider the steadfast love of the Lord.

New Testament Epistle Lesson: Ephesians 4:17-24


Now this I affirm and insist on in the Lord: you must no longer live as the Gentiles live, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of their ignorance and hardness of heart. They have lost all sensitivity and have abandoned themselves to licentiousness, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. That is not the way you learned Christ! For surely you have heard about him and were taught in him, as truth is in Jesus. You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

Year C Ordinary 18, RCL Proper 13, Catholic Proper 18 Friday

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Image Credit: Jesus Christ Pantokrator, Byzantine mosaic, years 817-824, Santa Prassede Church in Rome image by Carl, Cropped by Michael Gilbertson using Photoshop 20 July 2015, downloaded from Flickr. Creative Commons 0 license.

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