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Monday: Reflection on the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Revised Common Lectionary Proper 13
Roman Catholic Proper 18

Complementary Hebrew Scripture from the Writings: Ecclesiastes 2:1-17

I said to myself, “Come now, I will make a test of pleasure; enjoy yourself.” But again, this also was vanity. I said of laughter, “It is mad,” and of pleasure, “What use is it?” I searched with my mind how to cheer my body with wine—my mind still guiding me with wisdom—and how to lay hold on folly, until I might see what was good for mortals to do under heaven during the few days of their lives. I made great works; I built houses and planted vineyards for myself; I made myself gardens and parks, and planted in them all kinds of fruit trees. I made myself pools from which to water the forest of growing trees. I bought male and female slaves, and had slaves who were born in my house; I also had great possessions of herds and flocks, more than any who had been before me in Jerusalem. I also gathered for myself silver and gold and the treasure of kings and of the provinces; I got singers, both men and women, and delights of the flesh, and many concubines.

So I became great and surpassed all who were before me in Jerusalem; also my wisdom remained with me. Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them; I kept my heart from no pleasure, for my heart found pleasure in all my toil, and this was my reward for all my toil. Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had spent in doing it, and again, all was vanity and a chasing after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun.

So I turned to consider wisdom and madness and folly; for what can the one do who comes after the king? Only what has already been done. Then I saw that wisdom excels folly as light excels darkness.

The wise have eyes in their head,
but fools walk in darkness.

Yet I perceived that the same fate befalls all of them. Then I said to myself, “What happens to the fool will happen to me also; why then have I been so very wise?” And I said to myself that this also is vanity. For there is no enduring remembrance of the wise or of fools, seeing that in the days to come all will have been long forgotten. How can the wise die just like fools? So I hated life, because what is done under the sun was grievous to me; for all is vanity and a chasing after wind.

Semi-continuous Hebrew Scripture Lesson from The Twelve Prophets: Hosea 11:12—12:14

Ephraim has surrounded me with lies,
 and the house of Israel with deceit;
but Judah still walks with God,
 and is faithful to the Holy One.
Ephraim herds the wind,
 and pursues the east wind all day long;
they multiply falsehood and violence;
 they make a treaty with Assyria,
 and oil is carried to Egypt.

The Lord has an indictment against Judah,
 and will punish Jacob according to his ways,
 and repay him according to his deeds.
In the womb he tried to supplant his brother,
 and in his manhood he strove with God.
He strove with the angel and prevailed,
 he wept and sought his favor;
he met him at Bethel,
 and there he spoke with him.
The Lord the God of hosts,
 the Lord is his name!
But as for you, return to your God,
 hold fast to love and justice,
 and wait continually for your God.

A trader, in whose hands are false balances,
 he loves to oppress.
Ephraim has said, “Ah, I am rich,
 I have gained wealth for myself;¹

in all of my gain no offense has been found in me
 that would be sin.”
I am the Lord your God
 from the land of Egypt;
 I will make you live in tents again,
 as in the days of the appointed festival.

I spoke to the prophets;
 it was I who multiplied visions,
 and through the prophets I will bring destruction.
In Gilead there is iniquity,
 they shall surely come to nothing.
In Gilgal they sacrifice bulls,
 so their altars shall be like stone heaps
 on the furrows of the field.
Jacob fled to the land of Aram,
 there Israel served for a wife,
 and for a wife he guarded sheep.
By a prophet the Lord brought Israel up from Egypt,
 and by a prophet he was guarded.
Ephraim has given bitter offense,
 so his Lord will bring his crimes down on him
 and pay him back for his insults.

¹This verse is quoted in the message to the church at Laodicea, found in Revelation 3:14-22.

Complementary Psalm 127

Unless the Lord builds the house,
 those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord guards the city,
 the guard keeps watch in vain.
It is in vain that you rise up early
 and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
 for he gives sleep to his beloved.

Sons are indeed a heritage from the Lord,
 the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
 are the sons of one's youth.
Happy is the man who has
 his quiver full of them.
He shall not be put to shame
 when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

Semi-continuous Psalm 60

O God, you have rejected us, broken our defenses;
 you have been angry; now restore us!
You have caused the land to quake; you have torn it open;
 repair the cracks in it, for it is tottering.
You have made your people suffer hard things;
 you have given us wine to drink that made us reel.

You have set up a banner for those who fear you,
 to rally to it out of bowshot.
Give victory with your right hand, and answer us,
 so that those whom you love may be rescued.
God has promised in his sanctuary:
 “With exultation I will divide up Shechem,
 and portion out the Vale of Succoth.
Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine;
  Ephraim is my helmet;
 Judah is my scepter.
Moab is my washbasin;
 on Edom I hurl my shoe;
 over Philistia I shout in triumph.”

Who will bring me to the fortified city?
 Who will lead me to Edom?
Have you not rejected us, O God?
 You do not go out, O God, with our armies.
O grant us help against the foe,
 for human help is worthless.
With God we shall do valiantly;
 it is he who will tread down our foes.

New Testament Epistle Lesson: Colossians 3:18—4:1

Saint Paul

Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly.

Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is your acceptable duty in the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children, or they may lose heart. Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything, not only while being watched and in order to please them, but wholeheartedly, fearing the Lord. Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters, since you know that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you serve the Lord Christ. For the wrongdoer will be paid back for whatever wrong has been done, and there is no partiality. Masters, treat your slaves justly and fairly, for you know that you also have a Master in heaven.

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

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

Unless otherwise indicated, Bible text is from New Revised Standard Version Bible (NRSV) copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Image Credit: The Apostle Paul by Rembrandt, a public domain image, via Wikimedia Commons.

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The Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Complementary: Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32 Repent and turn from all your transgressions, otherwise they will be your ruin. I have no pleasure in the death of anyone.

Semi-continuous: Exodus 17:1-7 The people asked Moses for water. God told Moses to strike the rock, and water would come out of it. He did it in the presence of the elders.

Both: Philippians 2:1-13 Let the same mind be in you that was in Jesus Christ, who emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, and became obedient even to the point of death.

Both: Matthew 21:23-32 The parable of the two sons.

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What's Ahead in the Bible Readings Starting July 13

What's Ahead in the Bible Readings Starting July 13

Summary of the Bible readings for the week starting July 13, 2017

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What's Ahead in the Bible Readings for Ordinary 14?

What's Ahead in the Bible Readings for Ordinary 14?

Summary of the Bible readings for July 6 to July 12

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What's Ahead in the Bible Readings Starting June 14

During the time after Trinity Sunday (eight weeks after Easter) and before Advent (four weeks before Christmas), the lectionary has two series, Complementary and Semi-continuous. There is no right or wrong way to use the readings. Both series use the same New Testament lesson. One way is to follow the series that your denomination or congregation uses. Another way is to use one series in the morning and another series in the evening (if you have time to do both). It is better to read one or the other series consistently than to try to do both and give up because of the time commitment. If you are not sure which to use, follow the Complementary series.

The Sunday lectionaries for these denominations use the Complementary series: Roman Catholic, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, The Mennonites, and the Church of the Brethern.

The Reformed Church in America and the United Methodist Church use the Semi-continuous series.

These denominations using the Sunday lectionary explicitly allow for the use of either series: Presbyterian, Evangelical Lutheran, United Church of Christ, African Methodist Episcopal, and Episcopal. Check with your pastor or church office to find out which series is being used.

These denominations also use the Sunday Revised Common Lectionary, however, we haven't been able to determine whether they use one series or the other or allow for both: American Baptist Churches USA, Christian Fellowship of the Unitarian Universalist Association, and the Christian Reformed Church in North America.

Thursday: Preparation for the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Complementary Exodus 4:18-23 God said to Moses, "When you go back to Egypt, see that you perform all the wonders I have put in hour power; but . . . he will not let your people go."
Semi-continuous Genesis 21:-7 Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age.
Both Hebrews 3:1-6 Christ was faithful over God's house as a son, and we are his house if we hold firm the confidence and pride that belong to hope.

Friday: Preparation for the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Complementary Exodus 4:27-31 When the people heard that God had given heed to the Israelites and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped.
Semi-continuous Genesis 24:1-9 Abraham sent his servant to his old country and kindred to get a wife for his son Isaac.
Both Acts 7:35-43 Stephen, before the Sanhedrin, says "It was Moses they rejected when they said 'Who made you ruler and judge?' even though God had sent him as ruler and liberator."

Saturday: Preparation for the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Complementary Exodus 628-7:13 God promises Moses that when Pharaoh does not listen to him, God's people will come out of Egypt by great acts of judgment.
Semi-continuous Genesis 24:10-52 Rebekah's father and brother say "this thing comes from the Lord; ...look Rebekah is before you. Take her and go."
Both Mark 7:1-13 Jesus quotes Isaiah to the scribes and Pharisees: "This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they worship me."

The Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Complementary Exodus 19:2-8a Moses is to tell the people that God said "If you obey my voice and keep my covenant, you will be my treasured possession out of all the peoples."
Semi-continuous Genesis 18:1-15, 21: 1-7 Abraham encounters God in the form of three angels, and Sarah, despite her and Abraham's ages, conceives a son.
Both Romans 5:1-8 Suffering produces endurance, endurance produces character, character produces hope, which does not disappoint us because God's love has been poured out for us. Both Matthew 9:35-10:23 Jesus chooses the apostles and sends them out to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Monday: Reflection on the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Complementary Joshua 1:1-11 God says to Joshua, "As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. . . . You shall meditate on the book of the law day and night."
Semi-continuous Genesis 23:1-19 Sarah lived one hundred twenty-seven years. Abraham buried her in Canaan.
Both 1 Thessalonians 3:1-5 Paul sent Timothy to the Thessalonians to see if they were holding to their faith.

Tuesday: Reflection on the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Complementary 1 Samuel 3:1-9 God calls Samuel, but Samuel does not realize it is God.
Semi-continuous Genesis 25:7-11 Abraham lived one hundred seventy-five years. His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him with Sarah.
Both 2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5 Paul writes, "May the Lord Jesus Christ, and God our Father, comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word. Finally, pray for us so the word of the Lord may spread everywhere."

Wednesday: Reflection on the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Complementary Proverbs 4:10-27 The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.
Semi-continuous Nehemiah 9:1-8 The Israelites assembled with fasting and in sackcloth. They stood for a quarter day and read from the book of the law and made confession and worshiped God.
Both Luke 6:12-19 Jesus called his disciples and chose twelve of them, whom he also named apostles.

*More information about the two series is here: Which Series?

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Thank you for all that you do to bring God's reign into being.
Mike Gilbertson

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

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Bible Readings for Trinity

What's ahead in the Bible readings for this week?

 

What I wrote last year about Trinity Sunday is still true for me. Here it is:

This Sunday is Trinity Sunday. Last week we received the gift of the Holy Spirit, so in a sense the Godhead is complete: God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, or Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. I have never seen a satisfactory explanation of how we have one God in three persons. I am satisfied, though, that I don't need to understand. When I am called home, I won't be asked to explain the trinity. I will be asked whether I feed the poor, comforted the afflicted, answered when God called, and did other things to advance the commonwealth of God on earth. Those are the questions all of us will have to answer, questions about our actions and not about our beliefs.

The image this week is of the visitation by three angels of the Lord to Abraham and Sarah at the oaks of Mamre. This visit by God in three persons is often cited as a Hebrew Scripture that validates the Christian belief in a triune God. Remember that Abraham and Sarah prepared a meal for these unexpected and unknown guests, thus caring for those outside their family. I am not sure whether I would have the

What's ahead in the Bible readings for this week?

 

What I wrote last year about Trinity Sunday is still true for me. Here it is:

This Sunday is Trinity Sunday. Last week we received the gift of the Holy Spirit, so in a sense the Godhead is complete: God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, or Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. I have never seen a satisfactory explanation of how we have one God in three persons. I am satisfied, though, that I don't need to understand. When I am called home, I won't be asked to explain the trinity. I will be asked whether I feed the poor, comforted the afflicted, answered when God called, and did other things to advance the commonwealth of God on earth. Those are the questions all of us will have to answer, questions about our actions and not about our beliefs.

The image this week is of the visitation by three angels of the Lord to Abraham and Sarah at the oaks of Mamre. This visit by God in three persons is often cited as a Hebrew Scripture that validates the Christian belief in a triune God. Remember that Abraham and Sarah prepared a meal for these unexpected and unknown guests, thus caring for those outside their family. I am not sure whether I would have the courtesy to do the same. This is a reminder to work on being hospitable to everyone.

Thursday: Preparation for Trinity Sunday
Job 38:1-11 In a series of questions, God begins to tell Job of God's power.
2 Timothy 1:8-12a Paul urges Timothy not to be ashamed, but to join with him in suffering for the Gospel, relying on the power of God.

 

Friday: Preparation for Trinity Sunday
Job 38:12-21 God continues to describe God's power through a series of questions to Job.
2 Timothy 1:12b-14 Hold to the standard of sound teaching in Christ Jesus. Guard the good treasure entrusted to you with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us.

 

Saturday: Preparation for Trinity Sunday
Job 38:22-28 God continues, by questioning Job, to describe God's power of creation.
John 14:15-17 Jesus assures the apostles that God will send another Advocate, to be with them forever.

 

Trinity Sunday
Genesis 1:1-2:4a The first creation story.
2 Corinthians 13:11-13 Paul closed his letter with these words: "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you."
Matthew 28:16-20 Jesus told his followers, "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit."

 

Monday: Reflection on Trinity Sunday
Job 38:39-39:12 God, questioning Job, continues to describe God's creation.
1 Corinthians 12:1-3 No one can say "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit.

 

Tuesday: Reflection on Trinity Sunday
Job 39:13-25 God continues to question Job with descriptions of God's power.
1 Corinthians 12:4-13 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. Just as the body is one though it has many members, we many, we are one body.

 

Wednesday: Reflection on Trinity Sunday
Job 39:26-40:5 God's questioning of Job ends, and Job responds that he will say no more.
John 14:25-26 God will send the Advocate in Jesus' name.

 

Please note that the links above do not become active until 7 a.m. US Eastern Time on the designated day, when the readings get posted on the new web site. If you need the Sunday reading earlier, please let me know and I will assist you.

May God our parent, Christ our brother, and the Holy Spirit, our Advocate, be with you.
Mike Gilbertson

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Bible verses from The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All right reserved.

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

Image credit: Angels at Mamre (Holy Trinity) by Andrei Rublev, via Wikimedia Commons. This is a public domain image.

What's Ahead Trinity Year A

y to do the same. This is a reminder to work on being hospitable to everyone.

Thursday: Preparation for Trinity Sunday
Job 38:1-11 In a series of questions, God begins to tell Job of God's power.
2 Timothy 1:8-12a Paul urges Timothy not to be ashamed, but to join with him in suffering for the Gospel, relying on the power of God.

Friday: Preparation for Trinity Sunday
Job 38:12-21 God continues to describe God's power through a series of questions to Job.
2 Timothy 1:12b-14 Hold to the standard of sound teaching in Christ Jesus. Guard the good treasure entrusted to you with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us.

Saturday: Preparation for Trinity Sunday
Job 38:22-28 God continues, by questioning Job, to describe God's power of creation.
John 14:15-17 Jesus assures the apostles that God will send another Advocate, to be with them forever.

Trinity Sunday
Genesis 1:1-2:4a The first creation story.
2 Corinthians 13:11-13 Paul closed his letter with these words: "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you."
Matthew 28:16-20 Jesus told his followers, "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit."

Monday: Reflection on Trinity Sunday
Job 38:39-39:12 God, questioning Job, continues to describe God's creation.
1 Corinthians 12:1-3 No one can say "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit.

Tuesday: Reflection on Trinity Sunday
Job 39:13-25 God continues to question Job with descriptions of God's power.
1 Corinthians 12:4-13 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. Just as the body is one though it has many members, we many, we are one body.

Wednesday: Reflection on Trinity Sunday
Job 39:26-40:5 God's questioning of Job ends, and Job responds that he will say no more.
John 14:25-26 God will send the Advocate in Jesus' name.

Please note that the links above do not become active until 7 a.m. US Eastern Time on the designated day, when the readings get posted on the new web site. If you need the Sunday reading earlier, please let me know and I will assist you.

May God our parent, Christ our brother, and the Holy Spirit, our Advocate, be with you.
Mike Gilbertson

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Bible verses from The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All right reserved.

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

Image credit: Angels at Mamre (Holy Trinity) by Andrei Rublev, via Wikimedia Commons. This is a public domain image.

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