Tuesday: Reflection on the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Roman Catholic Proper 26
Revised Common Lectionary Proper 21

Complementary Hebrew Scripture Lesson from The Twelve Prophets: Hosea 10:9-15

Since the days of Gibeah you have sinned, O Israel;
 there they have continued.
 Shall not war overtake them in Gibeah?
I will come against the wayward people to punish them;
 and nations shall be gathered against them
 when they are punished for their double iniquity.

Ephraim was a trained heifer
 that loved to thresh,
 and I spared her fair neck;
but I will make Ephraim break the ground;
 Judah must plow;
 Jacob must harrow for himself.
Sow for yourselves righteousness;
  reap steadfast love;
 break up your fallow ground;
for it is time to seek the Lord,
 that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.

You have plowed wickedness,
 you have reaped injustice,
 you have eaten the fruit of lies.
Because you have trusted in your power
 and in the multitude of your warriors,
therefore the tumult of war shall rise against your people,
 and all your fortresses shall be destroyed,
as Shalman destroyed Beth-arbel on the day of battle
 when mothers were dashed in pieces with their children.
Thus it shall be done to you, O Bethel,
 because of your great wickedness.
At dawn the king of Israel
 shall be utterly cut off.

Semi-continuous Hebrew Scripture from the Latter Prophets: Jeremiah 32:36-44

Now therefore thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning this city of which you say, “It is being given into the hand of the king of Babylon by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence”: See, I am going to gather them from all the lands to which I drove them in my anger and my wrath and in great indignation; I will bring them back to this place, and I will settle them in safety. They shall be my people, and I will be their God.¹ I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me for all time, for their own good and the good of their children after them. I will make an everlasting covenant with them, never to draw back from doing good to them; and I will put the fear of me in their hearts, so that they may not turn from me. I will rejoice in doing good to them, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul.

For thus says the Lord: Just as I have brought all this great disaster upon this people, so I will bring upon them all the good fortune that I now promise them. Fields shall be bought in this land of which you are saying, It is a desolation, without human beings or animals; it has been given into the hands of the Chaldeans. Fields shall be bought for money, and deeds shall be signed and sealed and witnessed, in the land of Benjamin, in the places around Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, of the hill country, of the Shephelah, and of the Negeb; for I will restore their fortunes, says the Lord.

¹This sentence is repeated in 2 Corinthians 6;16, in a passage about the Temple of the Living God.

Complementary Psalm 62

For God alone my soul waits in silence;
 from him comes my salvation.
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress;
 I shall never be shaken.

How long will you assail a person,
 will you batter your victim, all of you,
 as you would a leaning wall, a tottering fence?
Their only plan is to bring down a person of prominence.
 They take pleasure in falsehood;
they bless with their mouths,
 but inwardly they curse.

For God alone my soul waits in silence,
 for my hope is from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
 my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
On God rests my deliverance and my honor;
 my mighty rock, my refuge is in God.

Trust in him at all times, O people;
 pour out your heart before him;
 God is a refuge for us.
Those of low estate are but a breath,
 those of high estate are a delusion;
in the balances they go up;
 they are together lighter than a breath.
Put no confidence in extortion,
 and set no vain hopes on robbery;
 if riches increase, do not set your heart on them.
Once God has spoken;
 twice have I heard this:
that power belongs to God,
 and steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord.
For you repay to all
 according to their work.¹

¹This verse is quoted in Romans 2:6, in a passage about the righteous judgment of God, and in 2 Timothy 4:14, in a warning about Alexander.

Semi-continuous Psalm 119:49-56

Remember your word to your servant,
 in which you have made me hope.
This is my comfort in my distress,
 that your promise gives me life.
The arrogant utterly deride me,
 but I do not turn away from your law.
When I think of your ordinances from of old,
 I take comfort, O Lord.
Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked,
 those who forsake your law.
Your statutes have been my songs
 wherever I make my home.
I remember your name in the night, O Lord,
 and keep your law.
This blessing has fallen to me,
 for I have kept your precepts.

New Testament Epistle Lesson: James 5:1-6

Coin minted by Herod Agrippa I

Come now, you rich people, weep and wail for the miseries that are coming to you. Your riches have rotted, and your clothes are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have rusted, and their rust will be evidence against you, and it will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure for the last days. Listen! The wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the righteous one, who does not resist you.

Year C Ordinary 26, Catholic Proper 26, RCL Proper 21: Tuesday

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