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

Roman Catholic Proper 27
Revised Common Lectionary Proper 22

Complementary Hebrew Scripture Lesson from The Twelve Prophets: Habakkuk 2:5-11

Moreover, wealth is treacherous;
 the arrogant do not endure.
They open their throats wide as Sheol;
 like Death they never have enough.
They gather all nations for themselves,
 and collect all peoples as their own.
Shall not everyone taunt such people and, with mocking riddles, say about them,
“Alas for you who heap up what is not your own!”
 How long will you load yourselves with goods taken in pledge?
Will not your own creditors suddenly rise,
 and those who make you tremble wake up?
 Then you will be booty for them.
Because you have plundered many nations,
 all that survive of the peoples shall plunder you—
because of human bloodshed, and violence to the earth,
 to cities and all who live in them.

“Alas for you who get evil gain for your houses,
 setting your nest on high
 to be safe from the reach of harm!”
You have devised shame for your house
 by cutting off many peoples;
 you have forfeited your life.
The very stones will cry out from the wall,
 and the plaster will respond from the woodwork.

Semi-continuous Hebrew Scripture Lesson from the Writings: Lamentations 2:13-22

What can I say for you, to what compare you,
 O daughter Jerusalem?
To what can I liken you, that I may comfort you,
 O virgin daughter Zion?
For vast as the sea is your ruin;
 who can heal you?

Your prophets have seen for you
 false and deceptive visions;
they have not exposed your iniquity
 to restore your fortunes,
but have seen oracles for you
 that are false and misleading.

All who pass along the way clap
 their hands at you;
they hiss and wag their heads
 at daughter Jerusalem;
“Is this the city that was called
 the perfection of beauty,
 the joy of all the earth?”

All your enemies
 open their mouths against you;
they hiss, they gnash their teeth,
 they cry: “We have devoured her!
Ah, this is the day we longed for;
 at last we have seen it!”

The Lord has done what he purposed,
 he has carried out his threat;
 as he ordained long ago,
 he has demolished without pity;
 he has made the enemy rejoice over you,
 and exalted the might of your foes.

Cry aloud to the Lord!
 O wall of daughter Zion!
Let tears stream down like a torrent
 day and night!
Give yourself no rest,
 your eyes no respite!

Arise, cry out in the night,
 at the beginning of the watches!
Pour out your heart like water
 before the presence of the Lord!
Lift your hands to him
 for the lives of your children,
who faint for hunger
 at the head of every street.

Look, O Lord, and consider!
 To whom have you done this?
Should women eat their offspring,
 the children they have borne?
Should priest and prophet be killed
 in the sanctuary of the Lord?

The young and the old are lying
 on the ground in the streets;
my young women and my young men
 have fallen by the sword;
in the day of your anger you have killed them,
 slaughtering without mercy.

You invited my enemies from all around
 as if for a day of festival;
and on the day of the anger of the Lord
 no one escaped or survived;
those whom I bore and reared my
 enemy has destroyed.

Complementary Psalm 3

O Lord, how many are my foes!
 Many are rising against me;
many are saying to me,
 “There is no help for you in God.”

But you, O Lord, are a shield around me,
 my glory, and the one who lifts up my head.
I cry aloud to the Lord,
 and he answers me from his holy hill.

I lie down and sleep;
 I wake again, for the Lord sustains me.
I am not afraid of ten thousands of people
 who have set themselves against me all around.

Rise up, O Lord!
 Deliver me, O my God!
For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;
 you break the teeth of the wicked.
Deliverance belongs to the Lord;
 may your blessing be on your people!

Semi-continuous Psalm 137

By the rivers of Babylon—
 there we sat down and there we wept
 when we remembered Zion.
On the willows there
 we hung up our harps.
For there our captors
 asked us for songs,
and our tormentors asked for mirth,
 saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”

How could we sing the Lord's song
 in a foreign land?
If I forget you, O Jerusalem,
 let my right hand wither!
Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth,
 if I do not remember you,
if I do not set Jerusalem
 above my highest joy.

Remember, O Lord, against the Edomites
 the day of Jerusalem's fall,
how they said, “Tear it down! Tear it down!
 Down to its foundations!”
O daughter Babylon, you devastator!
 Happy shall they be who pay you back
what you have done to us!
Happy shall they be who take your little ones
 and dash them against the rock!

New Testament Epistle Lesson: 1 John 5:1-5, 13-21

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith. Who is it that conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.

And this is the boldness we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have obtained the requests made of him. If you see your brother or sister committing what is not a mortal sin, you will ask, and God will give life to such a one—to those whose sin is not mortal. There is sin that is mortal; I do not say that you should pray about that. All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that is not mortal.

We know that those who are born of God do not sin, but the one who was born of God protects them, and the evil one does not touch them. We know that we are God's children, and that the whole world lies under the power of the evil one. And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

Little children, keep yourselves from idols.

Year C Ordinary 27, Catholic Proper 27, RCL Proper 22: Tuesday

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