Monday, August 31, 2009

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

This is my own translation of the lectionary gospel lesson for Sunday. Please make any comments concerning the passage you want. Together, let's discuss the Word of God:

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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

This is my own translation of the lectionary gospel lesson for Sunday. Please make any comments concerning the passage you want. Together, let's discuss the Word of God:

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

This is the lectionary gospel lesson for Sunday. Please make any comments concerning the passage you want. Together, let's discuss the Word of God:

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

This is my own translation of the lectionary gospel lesson for Sunday. Please make any comments concerning the passage you want. Together, let's discuss the Word of God:

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

This is my own translation of the lectionary gospel lesson for Sunday. Please make any comments concerning the passage you want. Together, let's discuss the Word of God:

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."