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Tuesday: Reflection on the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Revised Common Lectionary Proper 10
Roman Catholic Proper 15

Complementary Hebrew Scripture from The Writings: Proverbs 19:1-17

Better the poor walking in integrity
 than one perverse of speech who is a fool.
Desire without knowledge is not good,
 and one who moves too hurriedly misses the way.
One's own folly leads to ruin,
 yet the heart rages against the Lord.
Wealth brings many friends,
 but the poor are left friendless.
A false witness will not go unpunished,
 and a liar will not escape.
Many seek the favor of the generous,
 and everyone is a friend to a giver of gifts.
If the poor are hated even by their kin,
 how much more are they shunned by their friends!
When they call after them, they are not there.
To get wisdom is to love oneself;
 to keep understanding is to prosper.
A false witness will not go unpunished,
 and the liar will perish.
It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury,
 much less for a slave to rule over princes.
Those with good sense are slow to anger,
 and it is their glory to overlook an offense.
A king's anger is like the growling of a lion,
 but his favor is like dew on the grass.
A stupid child is ruin to a father,
 and a wife's quarreling is a continual dripping of rain.
House and wealth are inherited from parents,
 but a prudent wife is from the Lord.
Laziness brings on deep sleep;
 an idle person will suffer hunger.
Those who keep the commandment will live;
 those who are heedless of their ways will die.
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord,
 and will be repaid in full.

Semi-continuous Hebrew Scripture from The Twelve Prophets: Amos 4:6-13

I gave you cleanness of teeth in all your cities,
 and lack of bread in all your places,
yet you did not return to me,
   says the Lord.

And I also withheld the rain from you
 when there were still three months to the harvest;
I would send rain on one city,
 and send no rain on another city;
one field would be rained upon,
 and the field on which it did not rain withered;
so two or three towns wandered to one town
 to drink water, and were not satisfied;
yet you did not return to me,
   says the Lord.

I struck you with blight and mildew;
 I laid waste your gardens and your vineyards;
 the locust devoured your fig trees and your olive trees;
yet you did not return to me,
   says the Lord.

I sent among you a pestilence after the manner of Egypt;
 I killed your young men with the sword;
I carried away your horses;
and I made the stench of your camp go up into your nostrils;
yet you did not return to me,
   says the Lord.

I overthrew some of you,
 as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah,
 and you were like a brand snatched from the fire;
yet you did not return to me,
   says the Lord.

Therefore thus I will do to you, O Israel;
 because I will do this to you,
 prepare to meet your God, O Israel!

For lo, the one who forms the mountains, creates the wind,
 reveals his thoughts to mortals,
makes the morning darkness,
 and treads on the heights of the earth—
 the Lord, the God of hosts, is his name!¹

The same thought is in Revelation 19:6.

Complementary Psalm 25:11-20

For your name's sake, O Lord,
 pardon my guilt, for it is great.
Who are they that fear the Lord?
 He will teach them the way that they should choose.

They will abide in prosperity,
 and their children shall possess the land.
The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him,
 and he makes his covenant known to them.
My eyes are ever toward the Lord,
 for he will pluck my feet out of the net.

Turn to me and be gracious to me,
 for I am lonely and afflicted.
Relieve the troubles of my heart,
 and bring me out of my distress.
Consider my affliction and my trouble,
 and forgive all my sins.

Consider how many are my foes,
 and with what violent hatred they hate me.
O guard my life, and deliver me;
 do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.

Semi-continuous Psalm 7

O Lord my God, in you I take refuge;
 save me from all my pursuers, and deliver me,
or like a lion they will tear me apart;
 they will drag me away, with no one to rescue.

O Lord my God, if I have done this,
 if there is wrong in my hands,
if I have repaid my ally with harm
 or plundered my foe without cause,
then let the enemy pursue and overtake me,
 trample my life to the ground,
 and lay my soul in the dust.

Rise up, O Lord, in your anger;
 lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies;
 awake, O my God; you have appointed a judgment.
Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered around you,
 and over it take your seat on high.
The Lord judges the peoples;
 judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness
 and according to the integrity that is in me.

O let the evil of the wicked come to an end,
 but establish the righteous,
you who test the minds and hearts,
 O righteous God.
God is my shield,
 who saves the upright in heart.
God is a righteous judge,
 and a God who has indignation every day.

If one does not repent, God will whet his sword;
 he has bent and strung his bow;
he has prepared his deadly weapons,
 making his arrows fiery shafts.
See how they conceive evil,
 and are pregnant with mischief,
 and bring forth lies.
They make a pit, digging it out,
 and fall into the hole that they have made.
Their mischief returns upon their own heads,
 and on their own heads their violence descends.

I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness,
 and sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.

New Testament Epistle Lesson: 1 John 3:11-17

For this is the message you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. We must not be like Cain who was from the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother's righteous. Do not be astonished, brothers and sisters, that the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life because we love one another. Whoever does not love abides in death. All who hate a brother or sister are murderers, and you know that murderers do not have eternal life abiding in them. We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God's love abide in anyone who has the world's goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?

Year C RCL Proper 10, Catholic Proper 15, Ordinary 15 Tuesday

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 1985 by Consultation on Common Texts.

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