Monday, September 28, 2009

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

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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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

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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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

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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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."