Tuesday, December 22, 2009

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

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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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

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 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.