Saturday: Preparation for the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Roman Catholic Proper 19
Revised Common Lectionary Proper 14

Complementary Hebrew Scripture from the Torah: Genesis 11:27-32

Now these are the descendants of Terah. Terah was the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran was the father of Lot. Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his birth, in Ur of the Chaldeans. Abram and Nahor took wives; the name of Abram's wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor's wife was Milcah. She was the daughter of Haran the father of Milcah and Iscah. Now Sarai was barren; she had no child.

Terah took his son Abram and his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram's wife, and they went out together from Ur of the Chaldeans to go into the land of Canaan; but when they came to Haran, they settled there. The days of Terah were two hundred five years; and Terah died in Haran.

Semi-continuous Hebrew Scripture Lesson from the Latter Prophets: Isaiah 1:2-9, 21-23

Hear, O heavens, and listen, O earth;
 for the Lord has spoken:
I reared children and brought them up,
 but they have rebelled against me.
The ox knows its owner,
 and the donkey its master's crib;
but Israel does not know,
 my people do not understand.

Ah, sinful nation,
 people laden with iniquity,
offspring who do evil,
 children who deal corruptly,
who have forsaken the Lord,
 who have despised the Holy One of Israel,
 who are utterly estranged!

Why do you seek further beatings?
 Why do you continue to rebel?
The whole head is sick,
 and the whole heart faint.
From the sole of the foot even to the head,
 there is no soundness in it,
but bruises and sores
 and bleeding wounds;
they have not been drained, or bound up,
 or softened with oil.

Your country lies desolate,
 your cities are burned with fire;
in your very presence
 aliens devour your land;
 it is desolate, as overthrown by foreigners.
And daughter Zion is left like a booth in a vineyard,
like a shelter in a cucumber field,
 like a besieged city.
If the Lord of hosts
 had not left us a few survivors,
we would have been like Sodom,
 and become like Gomorrah.

How the faithful city
 has become a whore!
 She that was full of justice,
righteousness lodged in her—
 but now murderers!
Your silver has become dross,
 your wine is mixed with water.
Your princes are rebels
 and companions of thieves.
Everyone loves a bribe
 and runs after gifts.
They do not defend the orphan,
 and the widow's cause does not come before them.

Complementary Psalm 33:12-22

Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord,
 the people whom he has chosen as his heritage.
The Lord looks down from heaven;
 he sees all humankind.
From where he sits enthroned
 he watches all the inhabitants of the earth—
he who fashions the hearts of them all,
 and observes all their deeds.
A king is not saved by his great army;
 a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
The war horse is a vain hope for victory,
 and by its great might it cannot save.

Truly the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,
 on those who hope in his steadfast love,
to deliver their soul from death,
 and to keep them alive in famine.

Our soul waits for the Lord;
 he is our help and shield.
Our heart is glad in him,
 because we trust in his holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
 even as we hope in you.

Semi-continuous Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23

The mighty one, God the Lord,
 speaks and summons the earth
 from the rising of the sun to its setting.
Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
 God shines forth.

Our God comes and does not keep silence,
before him is a devouring fire,
 and a mighty tempest all around him.
He calls to the heavens above
 and to the earth, that he may judge his people:
“Gather to me my faithful ones,
 who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!”
The heavens declare his righteousness,
 for God himself is judge.

“Hear, O my people, and I will speak,
 O Israel, I will testify against you.
 I am God, your God.
Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you;
your burnt offerings are continually before me.

“Mark this, then, you who forget God,
 or I will tear you apart,
 and there will be no one to deliver.
Those who bring thanksgiving as their sacrifice honor me;
 to those who go the right way
 I will show the salvation of God.”

New Testament Gospel Lesson: Matthew 6:19-24

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There are parallel passages at Luke 12:33-34 and Luke 11:34-36.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

“No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”

Year C Ordinary 19, Roman Catholic Proper 19, RCL Proper 14, Saturday

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