Friday: Preparation for the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Roman Catholic Proper 22
Common Lectionary Proper 17

Complementary Hebrew Scripture from The Writings: Proverbs 18:6-12

A fool's lips bring strife,
 and a fool's mouth invites a flogging.
The mouths of fools are their ruin,
 and their lips a snare to themselves.
The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels;
 they go down into the inner parts of the body.
One who is slack in work
 is close kin to a vandal.
The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
 the righteous run into it and are safe.
The wealth of the rich is their strong city;
 in their imagination it is like a high wall.
Before destruction one's heart is haughty,
 but humility goes before honor.

Semi-continuous Hebrew Scripture from the Latter Prophets: Jeremiah 12:1-13

[Jeremiah]

You will be in the right, O Lord,
 when I lay charges against you;
 but let me put my case to you.
Why does the way of the guilty prosper?
 Why do all who are treacherous thrive?
You plant them, and they take root;
 they grow and bring forth fruit;
you are near in their mouths
 yet far from their hearts.
But you, O Lord, know me;
 You see me and test me—my heart is with you.
Pull them out like sheep for the slaughter,
 and set them apart for the day of slaughter.
How long will the land mourn,
 and the grass of every field wither?
For the wickedness of those who live in it
 the animals and the birds are swept away,
 and because people said, “He is blind to our ways.”

[God]

If you have raced with foot-runners
 and they have wearied you,
 how will you compete with horses?
And if in a safe land you fall down,
 how will you fare in the thickets of the Jordan?
For even your kinsfolk and your own family,
 even they have dealt treacherously with you;
 they are in full cry after you;
do not believe them,
 though they speak friendly words to you.

I have forsaken my house,
 I have abandoned my heritage;
I have given the beloved of my heart
 into the hands of her enemies.
My heritage has become to me
 like a lion in the forest;
she has lifted up her voice against me—
 therefore I hate her.
Is the hyena greedy for my heritage at my command?
 Are the birds of prey all around her?
Go, assemble all the wild animals;
 bring them to devour her.
Many shepherds have destroyed my vineyard,
 they have trampled down my portion,
they have made my pleasant portion
 a desolate wilderness.
They have made it a desolation;
 desolate, it mourns to me.
The whole land is made desolate,
 but no one lays it to heart.
Upon all the bare heights in the desert
 spoilers have come;
for the sword of the Lord devours
 from one end of the land to the other;
 no one shall be safe.
They have sown wheat and have reaped thorns,
 they have tired themselves out but profit nothing.
They shall be ashamed of their harvests
 because of the fierce anger of the Lord.

Complementary Psalm 112

Praise the Lord!
Happy are those who fear the Lord,
 who greatly delight in his commandments.
Their descendants will be mighty in the land;
 the generation of the upright will be blessed.
Wealth and riches are in their houses,
 and their righteousness endures forever.
They rise in the darkness as a light for the upright;
 they are gracious, merciful, and righteous.
It is well with those who deal generously and lend,
 who conduct their affairs with justice.
For the righteous will never be moved;
 they will be remembered forever.
They are not afraid of evil tidings;
 their hearts are firm, secure in the Lord.
Their hearts are steady, they will not be afraid;
 in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.
They have distributed freely, they have given to the poor;
 their righteousness endures forever;
 their horn is exalted in honor.¹

The wicked see it and are angry;
 they gnash their teeth and melt away;
 the desire of the wicked comes to nothing.

¹Paul quotes this in 2 Corinthians 9:1-15, where he is urging the Corinthians to give generously to the collection for the Jerusalem church.

Semi-continuous Psalm 81:1, 5b, 10-16

Sing aloud to God our strength;
 shout for joy to the God of Jacob.

“I am the Lord your God,
 who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.
O pen your mouth wide and I will fill it.”

“But my people did not listen to my voice;
 Israel would not submit to me.
So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts,
 to follow their own counsels.
O that my people would listen to me,
 that Israel would walk in my ways!
Then I would quickly subdue their enemies,
 and turn my hand against their foes.
Those who hate the Lord would cringe before him,
 and their doom would last forever.
I would feed you with the finest of the wheat,
 and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”

New Testament Epistle Lesson: 1 Peter 4:7-11

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The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore be earnest and disciplined in your prayers. Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each another, for love covers a multitude of sins. Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay

God has given you each a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do this with the strength and energy that God supplies, Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen. (NLT)

Year C Ordinary 22, Catholic Proper 22, Common Lectionary Proper 17: Friday

Selections are from Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings copyright © 1995 by the Consultation on Common Texts.

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