Thursday: Preparation for the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Revised Common Lectionary Proper 13
Roman Catholic Proper 18

Complementary Hebrew Scripture from The Writings: Proverbs 23:1-11

When you sit down to eat with a ruler,
 observe carefully what is before you,
and put a knife to your throat
 if you have a big appetite.
Do not desire the ruler's delicacies,
 for they are deceptive food.
Do not wear yourself out to get rich;
 be wise enough to desist.
When your eyes light upon it, it is gone;
 for suddenly it takes wings to itself,
 flying like an eagle toward heaven.
Do not eat the bread of the stingy;
 do not desire their delicacies;
for like a hair in the throat, so are they.
 “Eat and drink!” they say to you;
 but they do not mean it.
You will vomit up the little you have eaten,
 and you will waste your pleasant words.
Do not speak in the hearing of a fool,
 who will only despise the wisdom of your words.
Do not remove an ancient landmark
 or encroach on the fields of orphans,
for their redeemer is strong;
 he will plead their cause against you.

Semi-continuous Hebrew Scripture Lesson from The Twelve Prophets: Hosea 8:1-14

Set the trumpet to your lips!
 One like a vulture is over the house of the Lord,
because they have broken my covenant,
 and transgressed my law.
Israel cries to me,
 “My God, we–Israel–know you!”
Israel has spurned the good;
 the enemy shall pursue him.

They made kings, but not through me;
 they set up princes, but without my knowledge.
With their silver and gold they made idols
 for their own destruction.
Your calf is rejected, O Samaria.
 My anger burns against them.
How long will they be incapable of innocence?
 For it is from Israel,
an artisan made it;
 it is not God.
The calf of Samaria
 shall be broken to pieces.

For they sow the wind,
 and they shall reap the whirlwind.
The standing grain has no heads,
 it shall yield no meal;
if it were to yield,
 foreigners would devour it.
Israel is swallowed up;
 now they are among the nations
 as a useless vessel.

For they have gone up to Assyria,
a wild ass wandering alone;
 Ephraim has bargained for lovers.
Though they bargain with the nations,
 I will now gather them up.
They shall soon writhe under the burden of kings and princes.

When Ephraim multiplied altars to expiate sin,
 they became to him altars for sinning.
Though I write for him the multitude of my instructions,
 they are regarded as a strange thing.
Though they offer choice sacrifices,
 though they eat flesh,
 the Lord does not accept them.
Now he will remember their iniquity,
 and punish their sins;
 they shall return to Egypt.
Israel has forgotten his Maker,
 and built palaces;
and Judah has multiplied fortified cities;
 but I will send a fire upon his cities,
 and it shall devour his strongholds.

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: Romans 11:33-36

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O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

“For who has known the mind of the Lord?
 Or who has been his counselor?”¹

“Or who has given a gift to him,
 to receive a gift in return?”²

For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever. Amen.

¹Isaiah 40:13   ²Job 40:11

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

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