Wednesday: 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 12:2-14

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;
 in all of my gain
 no offense has been found in me
 that would be sin.”¹

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.

¹In Revelation 3:17a, the church at Laodicea is similarly accused. We read this passage on Monday.

Semi-continuous Hebrew Scripture from the Latter Prophets: Jeremiah 33:1-13

The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah a second time, while he was still confined in the court of the guard: Thus says the Lord who made the earth, the Lord who formed it to establish it—the Lord is his name: Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. For thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the houses of this city and the houses of the kings of Judah that were torn down to make a defense against the siege-ramps and before the sword: The Chaldeans are coming in to fight and to fill them with the dead bodies of those whom I shall strike down in my anger and my wrath, for I have hidden my face from this city because of all their wickedness. I am going to bring it recovery and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them abundance of prosperity and security. I will restore the fortunes of Judah and the fortunes of Israel, and rebuild them as they were at first. I will cleanse them from all the guilt of their sin against me, and I will forgive all the guilt of their sin and rebellion against me. And this city shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and a glory before all the nations of the earth who shall hear of all the good that I do for them; they shall fear and tremble because of all the good and all the prosperity I provide for it.

Thus says the Lord: In this place of which you say, “It is a waste without human beings or animals,” in the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem that are desolate, without inhabitants, human or animal, there shall once more be heard the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voices of those who sing, as they bring thank offerings to the house of the Lord:

“Give thanks to the Lord of hosts,
for the Lord is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever!”

For I will restore the fortunes of the land as at first, says the Lord.

Thus says the Lord of hosts: In this place that is waste, without human beings or animals, and in all its towns there shall again be pasture for shepherds resting their flocks. In the towns of the hill country, of the Shephelah, and of the Negeb, in the land of Benjamin, the places around Jerusalem, and in the towns of Judah, flocks shall again pass under the hands of the one who counts them, says the Lord.

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 Gospel Lesson: Matthew 19:16-22

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There are parallel passages at Mark 10:17-31 and Luke 18:18-30.

Then someone came to him and said, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.” He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; Honor your father and mother;¹ also, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.²” The young man said to him, “I have kept all these; what do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this word, he went away grieving, for he had many possessions.

¹Exodus 20:12-16, Deuteronomy 5:16-20  ²Leviticus 19:18

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

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.

Footnotes in the Hebrew Scriptures that show where the passage is used in the Christian Scriptures are based on information from the The Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) by David H. Stern, Copyright © 1998 and 2006 by David H. Stern, used by permission of Messianic Jewish Publishers, www.messianicjewish.net. All rights reserved worldwide. When text is taken from the CJB, the passage ends with (CJB) and this copyright notice applies.

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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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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.

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Monday: 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: Amos 6:8-14

The Lord God has sworn by himself
(says the Lord, the God of hosts):
I abhor the pride of Jacob
 and hate his strongholds;
 and I will deliver up the city and all that is in it.

If ten people remain in one house, they shall die. And if a relative, one who burns the dead, shall take up the body to bring it out of the house, and shall say to someone in the innermost parts of the house, “Is anyone else with you?” the answer will come, “No.” Then the relative shall say, “Hush! We must not mention the name of the Lord.”

See, the Lord commands,
 and the great house shall be shattered to bits,
 and the little house to pieces.
Do horses run on rocks?
 Does one plow the sea with oxen?
But you have turned justice into poison
 and the fruit of righteousness into wormwood—
you who rejoice in Lo-debar,
 who say, “Have we not by our own strength
 taken Karnaim for ourselves?”
Indeed, I am raising up against you a nation,
 O house of Israel, says the Lord, the God of hosts,
and they shall oppress you from Lebo-hamath
 to the Wadi Arabah.

Semi-continuous Hebrew Scripture from the Latter Prophets: Jeremiah 32:16-35

After I had given the deed of purchase to Baruch son of Neriah, I prayed to the Lord, saying: Ah Lord God! It is you who made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you. You show steadfast love to the thousandth generation, but repay the guilt of parents into the laps of their children after them, O great and mighty God whose name is the Lord of hosts, great in counsel and mighty in deed; whose eyes are open to all the ways of mortals, rewarding all according to their ways and according to the fruit of their doings. You showed signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, and to this day in Israel and among all humankind, and have made yourself a name that continues to this very day. You brought your people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs and wonders, with a strong hand and outstretched arm, and with great terror; and you gave them this land, which you swore to their ancestors to give them, a land flowing with milk and honey; and they entered and took possession of it. But they did not obey your voice or follow your law; of all you commanded them to do, they did nothing. Therefore you have made all these disasters come upon them. See, the siege-ramps have been cast up against the city to take it, and the city, faced with sword, famine, and pestilence, has been given into the hands of the Chaldeans who are fighting against it. What you spoke has happened, as you yourself can see. Yet you, O Lord God, have said to me, “Buy the field for money and get witnesses”—though the city has been given into the hands of the Chaldeans.

The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: See, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is anything too hard for me? Therefore, thus says the Lord: I am going to give this city into the hands of the Chaldeans and into the hand of King Nebuchadrezzar of Babylon, and he shall take it. The Chaldeans who are fighting against this city shall come, set it on fire, and burn it, with the houses on whose roofs offerings have been made to Baal and libations have been poured out to other gods, to provoke me to anger. For the people of Israel and the people of Judah have done nothing but evil in my sight from their youth; the people of Israel have done nothing but provoke me to anger by the work of their hands, says the Lord. This city has aroused my anger and wrath, from the day it was built until this day, so that I will remove it from my sight because of all the evil of the people of Israel and the people of Judah that they did to provoke me to anger—they, their kings and their officials, their priests and their prophets, the citizens of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. They have turned their backs to me, not their faces; though I have taught them persistently, they would not listen and accept correction. They set up their abominations in the house that bears my name, and defiled it. They built the high places of Baal in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to offer up their sons and daughters to Molech, though I did not command them, nor did it enter my mind that they should do this abomination, causing Judah to sin.

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 Lesson: Revelation 3:14-22

Lukewarm

“And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the origin of God's creation:

“I know your works; you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to spit you out of my mouth. For you say, ‘I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing.’¹ You do not realize that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. Therefore I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire so that you may be rich; and white robes to clothe you and to keep the shame of your nakedness from being seen; and salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. I reprove and discipline those whom I love. Be earnest, therefore, and repent. Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me. To the one who conquers I will give a place with me on my throne, just as I myself conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.”

¹In Hosea 12:8 (which is the complementary Hebrew Scripture for Wednesday), Ephraim speaks of riches.

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

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The Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Roman Catholic Proper 21
Revised Common Lectionary Proper 26

Complementary Hebrew Scripture Lesson from The Twelve Prophets: Amos 6:1a, 4-7

Alas for those who are at ease in Zion.
Alas for those who lie on beds of ivory,
 and lounge on their couches,
and eat lambs from the flock,
 and calves from the stall;
who sing idle songs to the sound of the harp,
 and like David improvise on instruments of music;
who drink wine from bowls,
 and anoint themselves with the finest oils,
 but are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph!
Therefore they shall now be the first to go into exile,
 and the revelry of the loungers shall pass away.

Semi-continuous Hebrew Scripture from the Latter Prophets: Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15

The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord in the tenth year of King Zedekiah of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar. At that time the army of the king of Babylon was besieging Jerusalem, and the prophet Jeremiah was confined in the court of the guard that was in the palace of the king of Judah, where King Zedekiah of Judah had confined him.

Jeremiah said, The word of the Lord came to me: Hanamel son of your uncle Shallum is going to come to you and say, “Buy my field that is at Anathoth, for the right of redemption by purchase is yours.” Then my cousin Hanamel came to me in the court of the guard, in accordance with the word of the Lord, and said to me, “Buy my field that is at Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, for the right of possession and redemption is yours; buy it for yourself.” Then I knew that this was the word of the Lord.

And I bought the field at Anathoth from my cousin Hanamel, and weighed out the money to him, seventeen shekels of silver. I signed the deed, sealed it, got witnesses, and weighed the money on scales. Then I took the sealed deed of purchase, containing the terms and conditions, and the open copy; and I gave the deed of purchase to Baruch son of Neriah son of Mahseiah, in the presence of my cousin Hanamel, in the presence of the witnesses who signed the deed of purchase, and in the presence of all the Judeans who were sitting in the court of the guard. In their presence I charged Baruch, saying, Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Take these deeds, both this sealed deed of purchase and this open deed, and put them in an earthenware jar, in order that they may last for a long time. For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Houses and fields and vineyards shall again be bought in this land.

Complementary Psalm 146

Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, O my soul!
I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
 I will sing praises to my God all my life long.

Do not put your trust in princes,
 in mortals, in whom there is no help.
When their breath departs, they return to the earth;
 on that very day their plans perish.

Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
 whose hope is in the Lord their God,
who made heaven and earth,
 the sea, and all that is in them;¹

who keeps faith forever;
 who executes justice for the oppressed;
 who gives food to the hungry.

The Lord sets the prisoners free;
 the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
 the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the strangers;
 he upholds the orphan and the widow,
 but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

The Lord will reign forever,
 your God, O Zion, for all generations.
Praise the Lord!

¹This phrase is echoed in Acts 4:23-31, where the believers pray for boldness, in Acts 14:13-18, where Paul and Barnabas react to being worshipped, and in Revelation 10:1-7, which says the mystery of God will be revealed when the seventh angel blows his trumpet.

Semi-continuous Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16

You who live in the shelter of the Most High,
 who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,
will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress;
 my God, in whom I trust.”
For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
 and from the deadly pestilence;
he will cover you with his pinions,
 and under his wings you will find refuge;
 his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
You will not fear the terror of the night,
 or the arrow that flies by day,
or the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
 or the destruction that wastes at noonday.

Those who love me, I will deliver;
 I will protect those who know my name.
When they call to me, I will answer them;
 I will be with them in trouble,
 I will rescue them and honor them.
With long life I will satisfy them,
 and show them my salvation.

New Testament Epistle Lesson: 1 Timothy 6:6-19

Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.

But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. In the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep the commandment without spot or blame until the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will bring about at the right time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords. It is he alone who has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see; to him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.

As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.

New Testament Gospel Lesson: Luke 16:19-31

Lazarus at the Rich Man’s Gate

“There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man's table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. He called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.’ He said, ‘Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father's house—for I have five brothers—that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.’ Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.’ He said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”

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

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.

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Saturday: Preparation for the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Roman Catholic Proper 26
Revised Common Lectionary Proper 21

Complementary Hebrew Scripture from The Writings: Proverbs 28:11-28

The rich is wise in self-esteem,
 but an intelligent poor person sees through the pose.
When the righteous triumph, there is great glory,
 but when the wicked prevail, people go into hiding.
No one who conceals transgressions will prosper,
 but one who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
Happy is the one who is never without fear,
 but one who is hard-hearted will fall into calamity.
Like a roaring lion or a charging bear
 is a wicked ruler over a poor people.
A ruler who lacks understanding is a cruel oppressor;
 but one who hates unjust gain will enjoy a long life.
If someone is burdened with the blood of another,
 let that killer be a fugitive until death;
 let no one offer assistance.
One who walks in integrity will be safe,
 but whoever follows crooked ways will fall into the Pit.
Anyone who tills the land will have plenty of bread,
 but one who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.
The faithful will abound with blessings,
 but one who is in a hurry to be rich will not go unpunished.
To show partiality is not good—
 yet for a piece of bread a person may do wrong.
The miser is in a hurry to get rich
 and does not know that loss is sure to come.
Whoever rebukes a person will afterward find more favor
 than one who flatters with the tongue.
Anyone who robs father or mother and says,
 “That is no crime,”
 is partner to a thug.
The greedy person stirs up strife,
 but whoever trusts in the Lord will be enriched.
Those who trust in their own wits are fools;
 but those who walk in wisdom come through safely.
Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing,
 but one who turns a blind eye will get many a curse.
When the wicked prevail, people go into hiding;
 but when they perish, the righteous increase.

Semi-continuous Hebrew Scripture from the Latter Prophets: Jeremiah 24

The Lord showed me two baskets of figs placed before the temple of the Lord. This was after King Nebuchadrezzar of Babylon had taken into exile from Jerusalem King Jeconiah son of Jehoiakim of Judah, together with the officials of Judah, the artisans, and the smiths, and had brought them to Babylon. One basket had very good figs, like first-ripe figs, but the other basket had very bad figs, so bad that they could not be eaten. And the Lord said to me, “What do you see, Jeremiah?” I said, “Figs, the good figs very good, and the bad figs very bad, so bad that they cannot be eaten.”

Then the word of the Lord came to me: Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Like these good figs, so I will regard as good the exiles from Judah, whom I have sent away from this place to the land of the Chaldeans¹. I will set my eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them back to this land. I will build them up, and not tear them down; I will plant them, and not pluck them up. I will give them a heart to know that I am the Lord; and they shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart.

But thus says the Lord: Like the bad figs that are so bad they cannot be eaten, so will I treat King Zedekiah of Judah, his officials, the remnant of Jerusalem who remain in this land, and those who live in the land of Egypt. I will make them a horror, an evil thing, to all the kingdoms of the earth—a disgrace, a byword, a taunt, and a curse in all the places where I shall drive them. And I will send sword, famine, and pestilence upon them, until they are utterly destroyed from the land that I gave to them and their ancestors.

1Chaldeans is another name for Babylonians.

Complementary Psalm 146

Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, O my soul!
I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
 I will sing praises to my God all my life long.

Do not put your trust in princes,
 in mortals, in whom there is no help.
When their breath departs, they return to the earth;
 on that very day their plans perish.

Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
 whose hope is in the Lord their God,
who made heaven and earth,
 the sea, and all that is in them;¹

who keeps faith forever;
 who executes justice for the oppressed;
 who gives food to the hungry.

The Lord sets the prisoners free;
 the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
 the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the strangers;
 he upholds the orphan and the widow,
 but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

The Lord will reign forever,
 your God, O Zion, for all generations.
Praise the Lord!

¹This phrase is echoed in Acts 4:23-31, where the believers pray for boldness, in Acts 14:13-18, where Paul and Barnabas react to being worshipped, and in Revelation 10:1-7, which says the mystery of God will be revealed when the seventh angel blows his trumpet.

Semi-continuous Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16

You who live in the shelter of the Most High,
 who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,
will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress;
 my God, in whom I trust.”
For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
 and from the deadly pestilence;
he will cover you with his pinions,
 and under his wings you will find refuge;
 his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
You will not fear the terror of the night,
 or the arrow that flies by day,
or the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
 or the destruction that wastes at noonday.

Those who love me, I will deliver;
 I will protect those who know my name.
When they call to me, I will answer them;
 I will be with them in trouble,
 I will rescue them and honor them.
With long life I will satisfy them,
 and show them my salvation.

New Testament Gospel Lesson: Luke 9:43b-48

Jesus and the Little Child

Jesus and the Little Child

There are parallel passages about Jesus' second foretelling of his death at Matthew 17:22-23 and Mark 9:30-32.
There are parallel passages about who is the greatest at
Matthew 18:1-5 and Mark 9:33-37.

While everyone was amazed at all that he was doing, he said to his disciples, “Let these words sink into your ears: The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into human hands.” But they did not understand this saying; its meaning was concealed from them, so that they could not perceive it. And they were afraid to ask him about this saying.

An argument arose among them as to which one of them was the greatest. But Jesus, aware of their inner thoughts, took a little child and put it by his side, and said to them, “Whoever welcomes this child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me; for the least among all of you is the greatest.”

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

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

Roman Catholic Proper 26
Revised Common Lectionary Proper 21

Complementary Hebrew Scripture from The Writings: Proverbs 28:3-10

A ruler who oppresses the poor
 is a beating rain that leaves no food.
Those who forsake the law praise the wicked,
 but those who keep the law struggle against them.
The evil do not understand justice,
 but those who seek the Lord understand it completely.
Better to be poor and walk in integrity
 than to be crooked in one's ways even though rich.
Those who keep the law are wise children,
 but companions of gluttons shame their parents.
One who augments wealth by exorbitant interest
 gathers it for another who is kind to the poor.
When one will not listen to the law,
 even one's prayers are an abomination.
Those who mislead the upright into evil ways
 will fall into pits of their own making,
 but the blameless will have a goodly inheritance.

Semi-continuous Hebrew Scripture from the Latter Prophets: Jeremiah 23:23-32

Am I a God near by, says the Lord, and not a God far off? Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them? says the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? says the Lord. I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy lies in my name, saying, “I have dreamed, I have dreamed!” How long? Will the hearts of the prophets ever turn back—those who prophesy lies, and who prophesy the deceit of their own heart? They plan to make my people forget my name by their dreams that they tell one another, just as their ancestors forgot my name for Baal. Let the prophet who has a dream tell the dream, but let the one who has my word speak my word faithfully. What has straw in common with wheat? says the Lord. Is not my word like fire, says the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces? See, therefore, I am against the prophets, says the Lord, who steal my words from one another. See, I am against the prophets, says the Lord, who use their own tongues and say, “Says the Lord.” See, I am against those who prophesy lying dreams, says the Lord, and who tell them, and who lead my people astray by their lies and their recklessness, when I did not send them or appoint them; so they do not profit this people at all, says the Lord.

Complementary Psalm 146

Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, O my soul!
I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
 I will sing praises to my God all my life long.

Do not put your trust in princes,
 in mortals, in whom there is no help.
When their breath departs, they return to the earth;
 on that very day their plans perish.

Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
 whose hope is in the Lord their God,
who made heaven and earth,
 the sea, and all that is in them;¹

who keeps faith forever;
 who executes justice for the oppressed;
 who gives food to the hungry.

The Lord sets the prisoners free;
 the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
 the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the strangers;
 he upholds the orphan and the widow,
 but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

The Lord will reign forever,
 your God, O Zion, for all generations.
Praise the Lord!

¹This phrase is echoed in Acts 4:23-31, where the believers pray for boldness, in Acts 14:13-18, where Paul and Barnabas react to being worshipped, and in Revelation 10:1-7, which says the mystery of God will be revealed when the seventh angel blows his trumpet.

Semi-continuous Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16

You who live in the shelter of the Most High,
 who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,
will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress;
 my God, in whom I trust.”
For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
 and from the deadly pestilence;
he will cover you with his pinions,
 and under his wings you will find refuge;
 his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
You will not fear the terror of the night,
 or the arrow that flies by day,
or the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
 or the destruction that wastes at noonday.

Those who love me, I will deliver;
 I will protect those who know my name.
When they call to me, I will answer them;
 I will be with them in trouble,
 I will rescue them and honor them.
With long life I will satisfy them,
 and show them my salvation.

New Testament Epistle Lesson: Ephesians 2:1-10

You were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else. But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God—not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

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

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.

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Thursday: Preparation for the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Roman Catholic Proper 26
Revised Common Lectionary Proper 21

Complementary Hebrew Scripture from The Writings: Proverbs 22:2-16

The rich and the poor have this in common:
 the Lord is the maker of them all.
The clever see danger and hide;
 but the simple go on, and suffer for it.
The reward for humility and fear of the Lord
 is riches and honor and life.
Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse;
 the cautious will keep far from them.
Train children in the right way,
 and when old, they will not stray.
The rich rule over the poor,
 and the borrower is the slave of the lender.
Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity,
 and the rod of anger will fail.
Those who are generous are blessed,
 for they share their bread with the poor.
Drive out a scoffer, and strife goes out;
 quarreling and abuse will cease.
Those who love a pure heart and are gracious in speech
 will have the king as a friend.
The eyes of the Lord keep watch over knowledge,
 but he overthrows the words of the faithless.
The lazy person says, “There is a lion outside!
 I shall be killed in the streets!”
The mouth of a loose woman is a deep pit;
 he with whom the Lord is angry falls into it.
Folly is bound up in the heart of a boy,
 but the rod of discipline drives it far away.
Oppressing the poor in order to enrich oneself,
 and giving to the rich, will lead only to loss.

Semi-continuous Hebrew Scripture from the Latter Prophets: Jeremiah 23:9-22

Concerning the prophets:
My heart is crushed within me,
 all my bones shake;
I have become like a drunkard,
 like one overcome by wine,
because of the Lord
 and because of his holy words.
For the land is full of adulterers;
 because of the curse the land mourns,
 and the pastures of the wilderness are dried up.
Their course has been evil,
 and their might is not right.
Both prophet and priest are ungodly;
 even in my house I have found their wickedness,
   says the Lord.

Therefore their way shall be to them
 like slippery paths in the darkness,
 into which they shall be driven and fall;
for I will bring disaster upon them
 in the year of their punishment,
   says the Lord.

In the prophets of Samaria
 I saw a disgusting thing:
they prophesied by Baal
 and led my people Israel astray.

But in the prophets of Jerusalem
 I have seen a more shocking thing:
they commit adultery and walk in lies;
 they strengthen the hands of evildoers,
 so that no one turns from wickedness;
all of them have become like Sodom to me,
 and its inhabitants like Gomorrah.

Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts concerning the prophets:
“I am going to make them eat wormwood,
 and give them poisoned water to drink;
for from the prophets of Jerusalem
 ungodliness has spread throughout the land.”

Thus says the Lord of hosts: Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you; they are deluding you. They speak visions of their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord. They keep saying to those who despise the word of the Lord, “It shall be well with you”; and to all who stubbornly follow their own stubborn hearts, they say, “No calamity shall come upon you.”

For who has stood in the council of the Lord
 so as to see and to hear his word?
 Who has given heed to his word so as to proclaim it?
Look, the storm of the Lord!
 Wrath has gone forth,
a whirling tempest;
 it will burst upon the head of the wicked.
The anger of the Lord will not turn back
 until he has executed and accomplished
 the intents of his mind.
In the latter days you will understand it clearly.

I did not send the prophets,
 yet they ran;
I did not speak to them,
 yet they prophesied.
But if they had stood in my council,
 then they would have proclaimed my words to my people,
and they would have turned them from their evil way,
 and from the evil of their doings.

Complementary Psalm 146

Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, O my soul!
I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
 I will sing praises to my God all my life long.

Do not put your trust in princes,
 in mortals, in whom there is no help.
When their breath departs, they return to the earth;
 on that very day their plans perish.

Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
 whose hope is in the Lord their God,
who made heaven and earth,
 the sea, and all that is in them;¹

who keeps faith forever;
 who executes justice for the oppressed;
 who gives food to the hungry.

The Lord sets the prisoners free;
 the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
 the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the strangers;
 he upholds the orphan and the widow,
 but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

The Lord will reign forever,
 your God, O Zion, for all generations.
Praise the Lord!

¹This phrase is echoed in Acts 4:23-31, where the believers pray for boldness, in Acts 14:13-18, where Paul and Barnabas react to being worshipped, and in Revelation 10:1-7, which says the mystery of God will be revealed when the seventh angel blows his trumpet.

Semi-continuous Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16

You who live in the shelter of the Most High,
 who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,
will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress;
 my God, in whom I trust.”
For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
 and from the deadly pestilence;
he will cover you with his pinions,
 and under his wings you will find refuge;
 his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
You will not fear the terror of the night,
 or the arrow that flies by day,
or the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
 or the destruction that wastes at noonday.

Those who love me, I will deliver;
 I will protect those who know my name.
When they call to me, I will answer them;
 I will be with them in trouble,
 I will rescue them and honor them.
With long life I will satisfy them,
 and show them my salvation.

New Testament Epistle Lesson: 2 Corinthians 8:8-15

The Gathering of the Manna

I do not say this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love against the earnestness of others. For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich. And in this matter I am giving my advice: it is appropriate for you who began last year not only to do something but even to desire to do something—now finish doing it, so that your eagerness may be matched by completing it according to your means. For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has—not according to what one does not have. I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you, but it is a question of a fair balance between your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need, in order that there may be a fair balance. As it is written,

“The one who had much did not have too much,
and the one who had little did not have too little.”¹

¹Exodus 16:18

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

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.

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Wednesday: Reflection on the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Roman Catholic Proper 25
Revised Common Lectionary Proper 20

Complementary Hebrew Scripture from The Writings: Proverbs 21:10-16

The souls of the wicked desire evil;
 their neighbors find no mercy in their eyes.
When a scoffer is punished, the simple become wiser;
 when the wise are instructed, they increase in knowledge.
The Righteous One observes the house of the wicked;
 he casts the wicked down to ruin.
If you close your ear to the cry of the poor,
 you will cry out and not be heard.
A gift in secret averts anger;
 and a concealed bribe in the bosom, strong wrath.
When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous,
 but dismay to evildoers.
Whoever wanders from the way of understanding
 will rest in the assembly of the dead.

Semi-continuous Hebrew Scripture from the Latter Prophets: Jeremiah 10:17-25

Gather up your bundle from the ground,
 O you who live under siege!

For thus says the Lord:
I am going to sling out the inhabitants of the land
at this time,
and I will bring distress on them,
so that they shall feel it.
Woe is me because of my hurt!
My wound is severe.
But I said, “Truly this is my punishment,
and I must bear it.”
My tent is destroyed,
and all my cords are broken;
my children have gone from me,
and they are no more;
there is no one to spread my tent again,
and to set up my curtains. For the shepherds are stupid,
and do not inquire of the Lord;
therefore they have not prospered,
and all their flock is scattered.

Hear, a noise! Listen, it is coming—
 a great commotion from the land of the north
to make the cities of Judah a desolation,
 a lair of jackals.

I know, O Lord, that the way of human beings is not in their control,
 that mortals as they walk cannot direct their steps.
Correct me, O Lord, but in just measure;
 not in your anger, or you will bring me to nothing.
Pour out your wrath on the nations that do not know you,
 and on the peoples that do not call on your name;
for they have devoured Jacob;
 they have devoured him and consumed him,
 and have laid waste his habitation.¹

¹Almost identical language is used in Psalm 76:6, which we read during the first half of the week. This sentence is also reflected in 2 Thessalonians 1:8, where Paul offers encouragement as they are suffering.

Complementary Psalm 12

Help, O Lord, for there is no longer anyone who is godly;
 the faithful have disappeared from humankind.
They utter lies to each other;
 with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.

May the Lord cut off all flattering lips,
 the tongue that makes great boasts,
those who say, “With our tongues we will prevail;
 our lips are our own—who is our master?”

“Because the poor are despoiled, because the needy groan,
 I will now rise up,” says the Lord;
 “I will place them in the safety for which they long.”
The promises of the Lord are promises that are pure,
 silver refined in a furnace on the ground,
 purified seven times.
You, O Lord, will protect us;
 you will guard us from this generation forever.
On every side the wicked prowl,
 as vileness is exalted among humankind.

Semi-continuous Psalm 106:40-48

Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against his people,
 and he abhorred his heritage;
he gave them into the hand of the nations,
 so that those who hated them ruled over them.
Their enemies oppressed them,
 and they were brought into subjection under their power.
Many times he delivered them,
 but they were rebellious in their purposes,
 and were brought low through their iniquity.
Nevertheless he regarded their distress
 when he heard their cry.
For their sake he remembered his covenant,
 and showed compassion
 according to the abundance of his steadfast love.
He caused them to be pitied
 by all who held them captive.

Save us, O Lord our God,
 and gather us from among the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name
 and glory in your praise.

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
 from everlasting to everlasting.
And let all the people say, “Amen.”
 Praise the Lord!¹

¹Zechariah quotes this verse in Luke 1:68, part of his prophesy about John the Baptist.

New Testament Gospel Lesson: Luke 20:45–21:4

The Widow's Mite

Jesus denounces the scribes (called teachers of the law in many translations) at Matthew 23:1-36 and Mark 12:38-40.
There is a parallel passage about the widow's offering at
Mark 12:41-44, which we read on Saturday.

In the hearing of all the people he said to the disciples, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets. They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”

He looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.”

Year C Ordinary 25, Catholic Proper 25, RCL Proper 20: Wednesday

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.

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