Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Luke 2:41-52: Lectionary Gospel Lesson for Sunday, December 27, 2009

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41And his parents went every year to Jerusalem to the passover feast. 42And when he was twelve-years-old, they went up according to the custom to the feast. 43And when the day was over, when they returned, Jesus, the child, remained in Jerusalem, and his parents didn’t know. 44And because they supposed that he was in the group, they went a day’s journey, and they looked for him among the relatives and the acquaintances. 45And when they didn’t find [him], they went back into Jerusalem and looked for him. 46And it happened after three days, they found him in the temple sitting in the middle of the teachers, and he was listening to them and asking them questions. 47And all who heard him were astonished concerning the intelligence and his answers. 48And when they saw him, they were amazed, and his mother said to him, “Child, why did you do this to us? See, your father and I, because we were distressed, were looking for you.” 49And he said to them, “Why is it that you’re seeking me? You knew that in my father’s house I would be, didn’t you?” 50And they didn’t understand the word that he was speaking to them. 51And he went with them, and he went into Nazareth, and he was subject to them. And his mother kept safe all these words in her heart. 52And Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and favor from God and people.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Luke 3:7-18: The Gospel Lectionary Passage for Sunday, December 13, 2009

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7Then he said to those who came from the crowds to be baptized by him, “Offspring of serpents, who pointed out to you to flee from the future wrath? 8Now bear fruit in keeping with repentance, and don’t start to say among yourselves, ‘As a father, we have Abraham;’ for I say to you that God is able, from these stones, to raise up children to Abraham. 9But already even the ax is lying upon the root of the trees. Then all trees that don’t bear good fruit are cut out and into fire are cast.”

10And the crowd began to ask him saying, “Then what should we do?” 11And he answered and said to them, “The one who has two tunics, let him share with one who doesn’t have, and the one who has food, similarly let him do.” 12And even tax collectors came to be baptized and they said to him, “Teacher, what should we do?” 13And he said to them, “Nothing more than you’re commanded collect.” 14And those in the army also asked him saying, “And we, what should we do?” And he said to them, “You should exhort nothing and you shouldn’t accuse anyone falsely, and be satisfied with your wages.”

15And because the people were waiting and they were all debating in their heart concerning John, whether he might be the Christ, 16John answered and said to them all, “I myself in water baptize you, but a person is coming who is more powerful than me, who’s sandal thong I’m not worthy to loosen, he himself will baptize in Holy Spirit and fire, 17whose winnowing shovel is in his hand to clean thoroughly his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his storehouse, but the chaff will be burned up in fire unquenchable.” 18Then also with many other appeals he brought good news to the people.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Luke 3:1-6: The Gospel Lectionary Passage for Sunday, December 6, 2009

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1And in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and the tetrarch of Galilee was Herod, and Philip his brother was tetrarch of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, 2in the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, [the] word of God came upon John, the son of Zachariah, in the wilderness. 3And he went into the whole countryside of Judea, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins, 4as it had been written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet:

A voice of one who calls in the wilderness,
‘Make ready the way of the Lord,
make straight his beaten path.
5Every ravine will be filled,
and every mountain and hill will be leveled
and the crooked places will be straightened,
and the rough ways smoothed,
6and all flesh will see the salvation of God.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Luke 21:25-36: The Gospel Lectionary Passage for Sunday, November 29, 2009

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25And there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars; and upon the earth, tension among nations in perplexity at the sound the seas and waves; 26people fainting from fear and expectation of things which are coming upon the inhabited world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27And then they will see the son of man coming in clouds with power and great glory. 28And when these thing begin to happen, straighten yourself up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near.”

29And he said a parable to them, “See the fig tree and all the trees. 30When already they put forth, because you see from yourselves, you know that already near is the summer. 31Thus also you, when you might see these things happen, you know that near is the Kingdom of God.

32“Amen, I say to you that this generation will absolutely not pass away until all these things happen. 33The heaven and the earth might pass away, but my word will absolutely not pass away.

34“And pay attention to yourselves lest your hearts might be weighed down in dissipation and drunkenness and cares of life, and that day might come upon you suddenly. 35For as a snare it will come upon everyone who dwells upon the face of the whole earth. 36And be awake at all times praying so that you might have strength to escape all these things must happen, and to stand before the son of man.”

Monday, November 16, 2009

John 18:33-37: The Gospel Lectionary Passage for November 22, 2009

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33Then again Pilate went into the praetorium, and he called Jesus and said to him, “You, are you the king of the Jews?” 34Jesus answered, “On your own accord are you saying this or did others say [it] concerning me?” 35Pilate answered, “I myself am not a Jew, am I? Your nation and the chief priests handed you over to me. What did you do?” 36Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not from this world. If from this world was my kingdom, then my attendants would fight so that I might not be handed over to the Jews. But now my kingdom is not from here.” 37Then Pilate said to him, “So then, you are a king, aren’t you?” Jesus answered, “You yourself said that I’m a king. For this I myself have been born and for this I have come into the world, so that I might bear witness to the truth. All who are from the truth hear my voice.”

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Mark 13:1-8: The Gospel Lectionary Passage for Sunday, November 15, 2009

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1And as he was going out from the Temple, one of his disciples said to [Jesus], “Teacher, see what sort of stones and what sort of buildings.” 2And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? Absolutely not one stone which shall be absolutely pulled down shall be left upon a stone.”

3And when he was sitting upon the Mount of Olives opposite the Temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him a question among themselves, 4“Tell us when these things will be and what signs when all these things shall be accomplished” 5And Jesus began to say to them, “Watch out that you might be led into something that’s wrong. 6Many will come in my name saying, “I am,” and many will be led into something that’s wrong. 7And when you might hear of war and reports of war, don’t be troubled. This must happen. But it’s not yet the end. 8For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places. There will be famines. These things are the beginning of birth pangs.”

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Mark 12:38-44: The Gospel Lectionary Passage for Sunday, November 8, 2009

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38And in his teaching, he said, "Look out for the scribes who want to go around in long robes and to get greetings in marketplace 39and to have the first seat in the synagogues and the first couch at the banquets, 40those who devour the houses of widows and for show, have long prayers. They will receive more abundant judgement."
 
41And he sat down opposite the contribution boxes and began to watch how the crowd put copper coins in the contribution box. And many rich people put in many [coins]. 42And one widow who was poor put in two small coins, which were worth a quarter of a copper coin. 43And he called to his disciples and said to them, "Amen I say to you, that poor widow put in more than all those who put [money] into the contribution box. 44For they all from out of their surplus put in [money], but she from her poverty put in everything she had – her whole livelihood."

Monday, October 26, 2009

John 11:32-44 - The Gospel Lectionary Passage for November 1, 2009 (All Saints Day)

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32Now Mary, when she came to the place Jesus was, she saw him and fell at his feet and said to him, "Lord, if you’d been here, then my brother wouldn’t have died." 33Now when Jesus saw her crying and the Jews who were with her crying, he let out a snort of indignation and was deeply troubled. 34And he said, "Where have you laid him?" And they said to him, "Lord, come and see." 35Jesus wept. 36Now the Jews said, "See how he loved him." 37But others from them said, "He who opened the eyes of the blind is able to do something so that he might not die, isn’t he?
 
38Now again Jesus let out [another] snort of indignation within himself, and he went into the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. 39Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the sister of the man who’d died, said, "Lord, already it smells badly; for it happen four days ago." 40Jesus said to her, "I said to you that if you might believe, then you will see the glory of God, didn’t I?" 41Now they took away the stone. And Jesus raised his eyes upward and said, "Father, I thank you that you heard me. 42But I know that you always hear me. But because of the crowd which is standing around, so that they might believe that you sent me..." 43And after he’d said these things, he cried out in a great voice, "Lazarus, come out." 44The dead man who’s feet and hands were bandaged and who’s face was wrapped in a handkerchief came out. And Jesus said to them, "Release him and let him go."

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Mark 10:46-52 - The Gospel Lectionary Passage for October 25, 2009

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46And they went into Jericho. And as he and his disciples and a considerable crowd were leaving Jericho, the son of Timaeus, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar was sitting beside the way begging. 47And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he started to cry out and say, “Son of David, Jesus, have mercy on me.” 48And many began to speak to him sternly so that he might shut up. But all the more he cried out, “Son of David, have mercy on me.” 49And after he’d stopped, Jesus said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Have courage! Get up! He’s calling you.” 50And after he’d thrown off his outer garment, he jumped up and came to Jesus. 51And Jesus answered him and said, “What do you want me to do?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, that I might see again.” 52And Jesus said to him, “Go, your faith has saved you.” And immediately he saw again and followed him on the way.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Mark 10:17-31 - The Gospel Lectionary Passage for October 11, 2009

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17And when he was going out on his journey, a person ran up to him and kneeled and asked him, "Good teacher, what should I do in order that I might inherit life eternal?" 18But Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. 19You know the commandments: don’t murder, don’t commit adultery, don’t steal, don’t give false evidence, don’t defraud, honor you father and mother." 20And he said to him, "Teacher, all these things I have observed from my youth." 21And when Jesus looked at him, he loved him and said to him, "One thing you lack. Go, and all that you have, sell and give to those who are poor and you will have treasures in heaven. And come, follow me." 22And he became sad because of the word, and he went grieving, for he had many possessions.

23And after Jesus looked around, he said to his disciples, "How difficult it will it be for those who have wealth to enter into the Kingdom of God." 24And the disciples were amazed by his words. And again Jesus answered and said to them, "Children, how difficult it is to enter into the Kingdom of God. 25It is easier for a camel to go through a eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter into the Kingdom of God." 26But they were greatly astounded and said among themselves, "And who is able to be saved?" 27Jesus looked at them and said, "For people it’s impossible, but not for God. For all things are possible for God." 28Peter started to say to him, "See, we left everything and have followed you." 29Jesus said, "Amen I say to you, there is no one who has left houses or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for my sake and the sake of the good news, 30if no one receive hundredfold now in this age houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and fields with persecution, and in the age to come, life eternal. 31But many who are first will be last and the last first."

Monday, September 28, 2009

Mark 10:1-16: The Gospel Lectionary Passage for Sunday, October 4, 2009

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1And from there he set out and went into the territory of Judea and beyond the Jordan. And again crowds came together before him, and as was his custom, again he taught them. 2And after the Pharisees came, in order to test him, they asked him a question, "Is it permissible for a man to release his wife?" 3And he answered and said to them, "What did Moses command you?" 4And they said, "Moses allowed him to write a certificate of divorce and to release her."5And Jesus said to them, "Because of your hardness of heart, he wrote to you that commandment. 6From the beginning of creation, male and female he made them. 7For this reason, a person will leave behind his father and his mother and become joined to his wife. 8And the two will become one flesh, so that they are no longer two but one flesh. 9Now what God has yoked together, let no person separate.

10And in the house, again the disciples questioned him concerning this. 11And he said to them, "Whoever might release his wife and might marry another, then he commits adultery against her. 12And if she might release her husband and might marry another, she commits adultery."
 
13And they continually brought children to him, so that he might touch them. But the disciples rebuked them. 14But when Jesus saw, he was indignant and said to them, "Let the children come to me. Don’t try to stop them. For to these is the Kingdom of God. 15Amen I say to you, unless you might receive the Kingdom of God as a child, then you will absolutely not enter into it." 16And after he took them into his arms, he blessed them and lay his hands upon them.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Mark 9:38-50: The Lectionary Gospel Lesson for September 27, 2009

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38And John was saying to him, "Teacher, we saw a certain person, in your name, casting out demons, and we were trying to prevent him, because he wasn’t following us." 39And Jesus said, "Don’t prevent him, for no one who does a work of power in my name will be able quickly to speak evil of me. 40For the who is not against us, he is for us. 41For whoever might give you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ, amen I say to you, that person will absolutely not lose his reward.
 
42"And whoever might cause to stumble one of these little ones who trust in me, it’s better for him to have a millstone put around his neck and to have him cast into the sea. 43And if your hand might cause you to stumble, then cut it off. It’s better for you to enter into the life disabled than having two hands, to go down into Gehenna, into the fire unquenchable. 45And if your foot might cause you to stumble, they cut it off. It’s better for you to enter into the life lame than having two feet, to be thrown into Gehenna. 47And if your eye causes you to stumble, then cast it out. It’s better with one eye to enter into the Kingdom of God, than having two eyes, to be thrown into Gehenna, 48where their worm doesn’t come to an end and the fire isn’t put out. 49For everyone will be salted with fire. 50Salt is good. But if the salt has become unsalty, then in what way will you season it? Have salt within yourselves, and live in peace with others.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Mark 9:3--37: The Lectionary Gospel Lesson for Sunday, September 20, 2009

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30And after they went out from there, they passed through Galilee, and he didn’t want any to know. 31For he was teaching his disciples and he said to them, "The son of man is to be given into human hands, and they will kill him, and from death, after three days, he will rise." 32But they didn’t understand the word, and they were afraid to ask.
 
33And they went to Capernaum. And when they were in the house, he asked them, "About what were you arguing on the road?" 34But they were silent, for among themselves they were arguing on the road about who was greatest. 35And after he sat, he called the twelve and said to them, "If any wish to be first, then they will be last of all and a slave of all." 36And after took a child and made him stand in the middle of them and after he gave him a hug, he said to them, 37"Whoever might receive a child like this in my name, then he receives me. And whoever might receive me, then he doesn’t receive me, but the one who sent me."

Monday, September 7, 2009

Mark 8:27-38 - The Lectionary Gospel Lesson for Sunday, September 13, 2009

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27And Jesus and his disciples went out into the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way, he started to ask his disciples, saying to them, "Who do people say that I am?" 28And they said to him, saying, "John the Baptist, and others Elijah, and others one of the prophets." 29And he started to ask them, "But you, who do you say that I am?" Peter answered and said to him, "You are the Christ." 30And he sternly gave them an order so that they might say nothing concerning him.  
 
31And he began to teach them that the son of man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the rulers and the scribes and be put to death and after three days rise. 32And he spoke this freely. And after taking him aside, Peter began sternly to give him an order. 33And when he turned around and saw his disciples, he sternly gave Peter an order and said, "Get behind me, Satan, because you haven’t set your mind on God, but on people."

34And after he called to the crowd with his disciples, he said to them, "If any wish to come after me, then let him totally renounce himself and let him take up his cross and let him follow me. 35For if a person might want to save his self, then he will destroy it. But if a person will destroy his self for my sake and the good news, then he will save it. 36For what does it benefit a person to gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his self? 37For what might a person give in exchange for his self? 38For if a person might be ashamed of me and my word in this adulterous and sinful generation, then the son of man will also be ashamed of him when he might come in the glory of his father with the holy angels."

Monday, August 31, 2009

Mark 7:24-37 - The Lectionary Gospel Lesson for Sunday, September 6, 2009

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24And [Jesus] arose and went from there into the region of Tyre. And although he went into a house and didn’t want anyone to know, he wasn’t able to remain unnoticed. 25But immediately, after a woman whose daughter had an unclean spirit heard about him, she came and fell at his feet. 26And the woman was a Greek, a Syro-Phoenician by race. And she continued to ask him in order that he might cast out the demon from her daughter. 27And he said to her, "Allow first the children to be satisfied with food, for it’s not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs." 28And she answered and said to him, "Lord, even the dogs under the table eat from the crumbs of the little children." 29And he said to her, "Because you said that, go. The demon has come out from you daughter." 30And she went into her house and found the little child lying upon the bed and the demon had come out. 
 
31And again, when he was coming out of the region of Tyre, he went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32And they brought to him a person who was deaf and had trouble speaking, and they begged him so the he might lay upon him hands. 33And after taking him from the crowd by himself, he put his fingers into his ears and he spat and touched with the spittle his tongue. 34And after he’d looked up into heaven, he sighed, and he said to him, "Ephphatha," which means "Be opened." 35And immediately, his hearing was restored, and the string on his tongue was released, and he spoke properly. 36And [Jesus] ordered them so that they might tell no one. But however much he ordered them, they more zealously they proclaimed. 37And they were amazed beyond all measure and said, "He’s done everything well, the deaf hear and the dumb speak."

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Mark7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 - The Lectionary Passage for August 30, 2009

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1The Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered together before [Jesus]. 2And they saw that some of his disciples had profane hands, that they were unwashed, and they were eating bread 3For the Pharisees and the Jews unless they might carefully wash the hands, then they don’t eat, because they keep what was handed down by the elders. 4And from the market, unless they might ceremonially wash, then they don’t eat. And there are many other things which they received to keep, ceremonially washing cups and jugs and a cooper kettles and beds.

5And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him a question, "Why don’t your disciples behave according to what was handed down by the elders, but with profane hands they eat bread?"

6And [Jesus] said them, "Rightly Isaiah prophesied concerning you hypocrites, as it has been written,
This people with lips honor me,
but their hearts are far away from me.
7But in vain they revere me,
teaching as doctrine the commandments of people.

8You abandon the commandments of God and you keep what is handed down by people.

14And again he called to the crowd and said to them, "Everyone listen to me and understand. 15There’s nothing outside the person which comes into him that is able to make him profane, but the things that come out from a person are what makes a person profane. ...21For it’s from within, out from the human heart, that evil thoughts come out: sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22adultery, ruthless greed, malice, deceit, indecency, envy, slander, arrogance, foolishness. 23All this evil comes out from the inside and profanes a person."

Monday, August 17, 2009

John 6:56-69 - Lectionary Gospel Lesson for August 23, 2009

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56"Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. 57Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. 58This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever." 59He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum.

60When many of his disciples heard it, they said, "This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?" 61But Jesus, being aware that his disciples were complaining about it, said to them, "Does this offend you? 62Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? 63It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64But among you there are some who do not believe." For Jesus knew from the first who were the ones that did not believe, and who was the one that would betray him. 65And he said, "For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father." 66Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. 67So Jesus asked the twelve, "Do you also wish to go away?" 68Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God."

Monday, August 10, 2009

John 6:51-58 - The Gospel Lectionary Lesson for August 16, 2009

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51"I am the living bread which came down out of heaven. If anyone might eat from this bread, then he will live into the ages. And also the bread which I myself will give is my flesh for the life of the world."

52Then the Jews began to quarrel violently among themselves, saying, "How is he able to give us his flesh to eat?"

53Then Jesus said to them, "Amen, amen, I say to you, if you might not eat the flesh of the son of man and might drink his blood, then you don’t have life in yourselves. 54The one who chews my flesh and drinks my blood has life eternal, and I will raise him up on the last day. 55For my flesh is the true food, and my blood is the true drink. 56The one who chews my flesh and who drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. 57Just as the living father sent me and I live through the father, the one who chews me, this one also will live through me. 58This is the bread which comes down from heaven, not like the Fathers ate and died. The one who chews this bread will live into the ages."

Monday, August 3, 2009

John 6:35, 41-51 - Lectionary Gospel Lesson for August 9, 2009

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35Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. The one who comes to him will absolutely never be hungry and the one who believes in me will absolutely never be thirsty ever."

41Now the Jews were grumbling concerning him because he said, "I am the bread which came down from heaven," 42and they said, "This is Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we ourselves know, isn’t he? Then how does he say, ‘From heaven I have come down?’ 43Jesus answered and said to them, "Don’t grumble among yourselves. 44No one is able to come to me, unless the father who sent me might draw him, and I will rise him up on the last day. 45It has been written in the prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ All who heard from the father and have learned come to him, 46not that anyone has seen the father except the one who is from the father. He has seen the father.

47"Amen, amen, I say to you, the one who believes has life eternal. 48I am the bread of life. 49Our fathers ate in the wilderness and died. 50This is the bread which comes down from heaven so one might eat from it and might not die. 51I am the bread of life which came down from heaven. If one might eat from that bread, then he will live into the ages. And the bread which I myself will give is my flesh for the life of the world."

Monday, July 27, 2009

John 6:24-35 - Lectionary Gospel Lesson for August 2, 2009

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24Now when the crowd saw that Jesus wasn’t there nor were his disciples, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum because they were seeking Jesus. 25And when they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, "Rabbi, when did you come here?" 26Jesus answered them and said, "Amen, amen, I say to you; you seek me not because you saw signs but because you ate from the bread and were satisfied. 27Don’t work for the food that perishes, but for the food that remain into life eternal, which the son of man will give to you. For that one, God the Father certified." 28Now they said to him, "What should we do so that we might work the works of God?" 29Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you might believe in this one whom he sent." 30Now they said to him, "Now, what sign do you do, so that we might see and believe in you? What work? 31Our fathers ate manna in the wilderness, just as it’s written, ‘Bread from heaven he gave them to eat.’" 32Now Jesus said to them, "Amen, amen, I say to you, Moses didn’t give you bread from heaven, but my father gave you the real bread from heaven. 33For God’s bread is the one that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." 34Now they said to him, "Lord, always give us this bread." 35Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life, the one who comes to me will absolutely never be hungry and the one who believes in me will absolutely never be thirsty ever.

Monday, July 20, 2009

John 6:1-21 - The Lectionary Gospel Lesson for July 26

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After these things, Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee (that is the Sea of Tiberias). And a great crowd was following him, because they’d seen the signs which he’d done upon the weak. And Jesus went to the mountain, and there he sat with his disciples. And Passover was near, the festival of the Jews. Now when Jesus lifted up his eyes and observed that a great crowd had come to him, he said to Philip, "Where might we buy bread so that these people might eat?" (But he said this to test him, for he knew what he intended to do.) Philip answered him, "Two hundred denarri-worth of bread isn’t enough for them so that each might be given a little." One of his disciples, Andrew the brother of Simon Peter, said to him, "There is a youth here who has five loaves of barley bread and two small fish, but what are these for so many people?" Jesus said, "Have the people recline." There was a lot of grass in the place. Now the men reclined (the number as about 5,000). Now Jesus took the bread and after giving thanks, he distributed to those who were reclining, so also some of the fish as much as they wanted. And when they were satisfied, he said to this disciples, "Gather the leftover fragments, so that nothing might be lost." Now they gathered, and they filled twelve wicker baskets with fragments from the five loaves of barley bread which were left over from those who’d eaten. Now, when the people saw the sign which he’d done, they said, "He is truly the prophet who comes into the world." Now Jesus, because he knew that they intended to come and seize him so that they might make him king, withdrew again to the mountain by himself.
 
When early evening came, his disciples went down to the sea. And after they got into a boat, they started across the sea to Capernaum. And it had already become dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The sea became rough, because a great wind was blowing. Now after they’d gone three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking upon the sea, and he came near the boat. And they were afraid. But he said to them, "I am. Don’t be afraid." Now they wanted to take him into the boat. And immediately, the boat came upon the land to which they were going.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 - Lectionary Gospel Lesson for July 19, 2009

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And those who’d been sent out gathered before Jesus, and they reported to him everything that they’d done and taught. And he said to them, "Y’all come by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a little while." For many were coming and going, and they didn’t have the opportunity to eat. And they went in the boat to a deserted place. And many saw them going and recognized them, and on foot from all the towns, they ran there and arrived before them. And after Jesus came out, he saw a great crowd, and he was touched by them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he began to teach them many things.
 
And after he’d crossed over, he came upon the land of Gennesaret and they anchored in the harbor. And after they’d gotten out of the boat and after they’d immediately recognized him, they ran around that whole district and began to carry upon stretchers those who had illnesses to where they’d heard he was. And wherever he came into a village or a town or a field, in the marketplace they would lay the weak, and they’d beg him so that even the edge of his garment they might touch. And those who touched him were made whole.

Monday, July 6, 2009

The Lectionary Gospel Passage for July 12

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14And King Herod heard, for [Jesus’s] name was well-known and they said that John the Baptist had been raised from the dead and for that reason, mighty works were at work in him. 15But others said, "He’s Elijah." But others said, "He’s a prophet just like one of the prophets."

16But when Herod heard, he said, "John was the one whom I myself beheaded. He’s been raised." 17For Herod sent for and arrested John and bound him in jail because of Herodias, the wife of Philip his brother, because he married her. 18For John said to Herod, "It’s not permissible for you to have your brother’s wife." 19But Herodias held a grudge against him, and she wanted to kill him, but she was not able. 20For Herod was afraid of John, because he knew that John was righteous and holy. And he kept John safe. And when he heard him, he was much puzzled and he heard him gladly.

21And an opportune day came, when Herod on his birthday served a dinner for his nobility and the military tribune and the leaders of Galilee. 22And after his daughter Herodias came in and danced, she was pleasing to Herod and to those who were dinning with him. The king said to the girl, "Ask me for whatever you might what. And I will give to you." 23And he took a strong oath, "Whatever you might ask of me, I will give it to you up to half my kingdom." 24And after she left, she said to her mother, "For what should I ask." And her mother said, "The head of John the Baptist." 25And immediately she returned quickly to the king and asked saying, "I want, so that it might be given to me at once upon a platter, the head of John the Baptist." 26And the king became very sad because of the oath and those who were dinning with him. He didn’t dare break his word to her. 27And immediately the king sent an executioner and gave him orders to bring his head. And after he went, he beheaded [John] in jail 28and brought his head upon a platter and gave it to the girl. And the girl gave it to her mother. 29And when his disciples heard, they came and took his corpse and they placed it in a tomb.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Gospel Passage for Sunday, July 5, 2009

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Mark 6:1-13 - And [Jesus] went out from there and went into his home town, and his disciples followed him. And when the Sabbath arrived, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard were amazed, saying, "From where does he get this, and what is the wisdom that was given to this person so that acts of power such as these with his hands he’s able to do? He’s the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, isn’t he? And his sisters are here with us, aren’t they?" And they stumbled because of him. And Jesus said to them, "Prophets aren’t without honor, except in their home towns and with their relatives and in their homes." And he wasn’t able there to do acts of power, except laying hands on a few sick people and healing them. And he marveled at their lack of trust.
 
And he went among the surrounding villages teaching. And he called to himself the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and he gave to them authority over unclean spirits. And he charged them so that they might take nothing on the road except one staff, no bread, no bag for money, no money in their belts, but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. And he said to them, "Whenever you go into a house, there remain until you go out from there. And whatever place might not receive you nor listen to you, go out from there and shake off the dust from under your feet as a witness against them." And they went out and proclaimed so that people might repent. And many demons they cast out, and they anointed with oil many who were sick, and they were healed.

Monday, June 22, 2009

The Gospel Lesson for Sunday, June 28, 2009

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Mark 4:21-43 - And after Jesus had crossed over again in the boat, a great crowd came together before him, and he was beside the lake. And one of the rulers of the synagogue came who’s name was Jarius, and when he saw him, he fell down before his feet. And he called out earnestly saying, "My daughter has come to the end. Come so that you might lay hand upon her so that she might be saved and live. And [Jesus] went with him.

And a great crowded followed him and pressed upon him. And there was a women who had a flow of blood for twelve years and who had endured much suffering from many doctors and had spent all she had and was no better but rather grew worse. Because she heard things concerning Jesus, she came behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak. For she said, "If I might only touch his cloak, then I will be saved." And immediately her flow of blood was dried, and she knew that she was healed of her affliction. And immediately Jesus was aware within himself that power had gone out from him, and he turned around in the crowd and said, "Who touched my cloak?" And his disciples said to him, "Do you see the crowd pressing on you and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’" And he looked around to see the one who did this. And the woman was afraid and trembling because she knew what had happened to her. And she went and fell before him and said to him the whole truth. And he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be well from your affliction."

While he was speaking, a person from the ruler of the synagogue came and said, "Your daughter has died. Why bother the teacher anymore?" But when Jesus overheard the word that had been spoken, he said to the ruler of the synagogue, "Don’t be afraid. Keep on believing." And he didn’t allow anyone to accompany him, except Peter and James and John, the brother of James. And when they came into the house of the ruler of the synagogue, he looked at the uproar and lamenting and all who were weeping. And after he’d gone in, he said to them, "Why the uproar and lamenting? The child isn’t dead but sleeping." And they ridiculed him. But he cast them all out and after taking along the father of the child and the mother and those who were with him, and he went in to where the child was. And after he took hold of the child’s hand, he said to her, "Talitha cumi," which is when translated "Little girl, I say to you, get up." And immediately the little girl rose and walked, for she was twelve. And immediately they were astonished in utter amazement. And he gave them all instructions so that no one should know this. And he said to bring her something to eat.

Monday, June 15, 2009

The Gospel Lesson for Sunday, June 21, 2009

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Mark 4:35-41 - And he said to them on that day when early evening had come, "Let us go across to the other side." And after he sent away the crowds, they took him along as he was in the boat, and other boats were with him. And there came a great squall of wind, and the waves broke over the boat so that already the boat was filling. And he was in the stern upon a cushion sleeping. And they awoke him and said to him, "Teacher, you don’t care that we are perishing, do you?" And after he woke up, he rebuked the wind, and he said to the sea, "Be silent. Be still." And the wind dropped. And there was a great calm. And he said to them, "Why are you cowardly? How is it that you have no faith?" And they feared a great fear, and they said to one another, "Who then is he that even the wind and the sea obey him?"

Monday, June 8, 2009

Scripture Readings for the Week of June 8-14

1 Samuel 15:34-16:13
Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house in Gibeah of Saul. 35Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death, but Samuel grieved over Saul. And the Lord was sorry that he had made Saul king over Israel.

1The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” 2Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears of it, he will kill me.” And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ 3Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you.” 4Samuel did what the Lord commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, “Do you come peaceably?” 5He said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

6When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the Lord.” 7But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 8Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” 9Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” 10Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these.” 11Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.” 12He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.” 13Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.

Psalm 20
1The Lord answer you in the day of trouble! The name of the God of Jacob protect you!
2May he send you help from the sanctuary, and give you support from Zion.
3May he remember all your offerings, and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices. Selah
4May he grant you your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your plans.
5May we shout for joy over your victory, and in the name of our God set up our banners. May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.
6Now I know that the Lord will help his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with mighty victories by his right hand.
7Some take pride in chariots, and some in horses, but our pride is in the name of the Lord our God.
8They will collapse and fall, but we shall rise and stand upright.
9Give victory to the king, O Lord; answer us when we call.

2 Corinthians 5:6-17
So we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord— 7for we walk by faith, not by sight. 8Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 10For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil. 11Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we try to persuade others; but we ourselves are well known to God, and I hope that we are also well known to your consciences.

12We are not commending ourselves to you again, but giving you an opportunity to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast in outward appearance and not in the heart. 13For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. 15And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them.

16From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. 17So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!

Mark 4:26-34
He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, 27and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. 28The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. 29But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”
30He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? 31It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

33With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; 34he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.