Second Sunday of Advent, December 6, 2020

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Based on the Readings as Set

First Reading (Isaiah 40:1-11)

The Lord has Isaiah comfort his people with the good news that the time of waiting is over and he is coming in great power to set things right. A voice in the wilderness will call for preparation. Unlike humans, both the Lord and his word are utterly dependable.

Psalm (85:1-2, 8-13)

Based on the Lord’s faithfulness in the past, the Psalmist is confident of the imminent arrival of his salvation, with his glory filling the restored land. Righteousness will go before him, preparing the way for an overflowing of love, peace and faithfulness.

Second Reading (2 Peter 3:8-15a)

Peter asserts that God is not bound by our concept of time. The Day of the Lord will surely come, dramatically and without warning, and usher in a whole new cosmos. Delay allows time for repentance and opportunity for holy living, hastening the Day.

Gospel (Mark 1:1-8)

John the Baptist appears in the wilderness, fulfilling Isaiah’s prophecy regarding events preceding the arrival of the Lord. John preaches a baptism of repentance, announcing the coming of one greater than him who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.

CONNECTION SUGGESTIONS

• Preparing the way of the Lord
• The coming of the Lord
• God and time
• The purpose of God’s delay
• Voices in the wilderness
• Good News and Bad News

 

 

 

 

 

First Sunday of Advent, Year B, November 29, 2020

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First Reading (Isaiah 64:1-9)

The Lord having hidden his face, Isaiah pleads for him to act mightily for those who wait for him. Many Israelites have taken the Lord’s silence as occasion to sin: indeed, all have done so. The prophet asks for mercy because they are God’s people, he is their father.

Psalm (80:1-7, 17-19)

The Psalmist, aware of the Lord’s displeasure with his people, asks him three times to shine his face upon them that they might be saved. They have suffered greatly but the Lord remains in their midst and will surely respond to their calls.

Second Reading (1 Corinthians 1:3-9)

Paul is thankful for the grace of God given to the Corinthians, as seen in their speech and knowledge. Indeed, they lack no spiritual gift as they await the coming of the Lord Jesus and assured of being strengthened to the end, made blameless by a faithful God.

Gospel (Mark 13:24-37)

Jesus variously encourages his disciples to be ready for his sudden return in great power and glory after a period of earth-shaking events. Occurring within a generation these should keep everyone alert, given that his words are more fixed than the cosmos itself.

CONNECTION SUGGESTIONS

• The people of God are called to wait expectantly for him in troubled times
• Faithfulness in a time of waiting
• Faithfulness in the silence of God
• Waiting is difficult and dangerous for faith
• When God finally acts it will be decisive and unmistakable
• God has provided what we need to remain faithful to the end

 

Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, November 15, 2020

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First Reading (Judges 4:1-7)

Israel falls into sin and the Lord hands them over to a local Canaanite king. When the people call out to him, he uses the prophetess Deborah to tell the commander of Israel’s army to attack the king’s army with the assurance of victory.

Psalm (123)

In a time when Israel is suffering the scorn and contempt of the proud, the Psalmist directs his plea for relief to the one he knows has power to help. He looks to the Lord as a maid would naturally look to her mistress.

Second Reading (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11)

St. Paul knows the Thessalonians are well aware that the dreadful Day of the Lord will come unexpectedly and when least expected. He encourages them to be prepared and on constant alert in confident anticipation of Christ’s salvation.

Gospel (Matthew 25:14-30)

To illustrate how his followers are to conduct themselves in his absence, Jesus tells of a man who goes on a long journey and entrusts his money to three of his servants. Two of them put the money to good use, bringing praise. But one does nothing and is condemned.

CONNECTION SUGGESTIONS

• Salvation and judgment are both part of God’s action
• The importance of knowing who is in charge
• Living in a time when God seems silent and inactive in the face of widespread sin
• Living as a Christian in the light of Jesus’ return
• The need for constant attention to our spiritual condition

Based on the Alternative Set of Readings

First Reading (Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18)

To those who contentedly believe he will never act in judgment, the Lord spells out the coming wrath of the Day of the Lord. Widespread disobedience to divine commands will bring about worldwide distress, darkness, and destruction.

Psalm (90:1-12)

The Psalmist acknowledges the great gulf between the Lord’s mighty eternal being and us short-lived mortals. To him time is of no consideration, while humanity struggles to survive but a few passing years. His anger at our sin should inspire us to use our time wisely.

Second Reading (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11)

St. Paul knows the Thessalonians are well aware that the dreadful Day of the Lord will come unexpectedly and when least expected. He encourages them to be prepared and on constant alert in confident anticipation of Christ’s salvation.

Gospel (Matthew 25:14-30)

To illustrate how his followers are to conduct themselves in his absence, Jesus tells of a man who goes on a long journey and entrusts his money to three servants. Two of them put the money to good use, bringing praise. But one does nothing and is condemned.

CONNECTION SUGGESTIONS

• The reality and magnitude of judgment and salvation
• Salvation and judgment are both part of God’s action
• Living in a time when God seems silent and inactive in the face of widespread sin
• Living as a Christian in the light of Jesus’ return
• The need for constant attention to our spiritual condition

 

All Saints Day, November 1, 2020

 

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First Reading (Revelation 7:9-17)

John’s vision depicts countless people, from every nation and joined by the heavenly creatures, worshipping before God and the Lamb, under whose shepherd-care they have now come. Robes washed in his blood, they have come through great trouble.

Psalm (34:1-10, 22)

The Psalmist, having been delivered from great trouble and fear, calls for great praise to be offered to the Lord who delivered him. All who take refuge in the Lord will find protection, deliverance, and provision.

Second Reading (1 John 3:1-3)

John emphasizes that Christians should know themselves as God’s children, sharing his rejection by the present world as well as becoming like him in the world to come. This is the hope by which they sustain their efforts toward purity in this life.

Gospel (Matthew 5:1-12)

Jesus enumerates how godly living in this life leads in due course to the kingdom of heaven in all its blessedness. Persecution may result, as it did for the prophets, but it should be considered as a blessing bringing great rewards in heaven.

CONNECTION SUGGESTIONS

• Persecution and its rewards
• The alien but rewarding quality of godliness in this world
• God’s ultimate protection and provision for the faithful
• God the deliverer from evil and trouble
• We are not alone in suffering for our faith
• When God’s kingdom comes in fulness it will put all of this life into perspective

Scripture Sentence (BAS, Canada)

They are before the throne of God, and he who sits upon the throne will shelter them with his presence. Revelation 7.15

Collect of the Day (BAS, Canada)

Almighty God,
whose people are knit together in one holy Church, the mystical Body of your Son,
grant us grace to follow your blessed saints
in lives of faith and commitment,
and to know the inexpressible joys you have prepared for those who love you;
through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. AMEN

 

Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost, October 25, 2020

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First Reading (Deuteronomy 34:1-12)

At the end of the wilderness journey the Lord shows Moses the entire sweep of the Promised Land. He is not allowed to enter it and dies there on the mountain, the greatest of all prophets in both word and deed. His successor Joshua takes over.

Psalm (90:1-6, 13-17)

The Lord is Israel’s refuge, the creator in charge of all life and whose plans are not swept away with the passage of time. Basing his plea on the Lord’s steadfast love for his people, the Psalmist asks for divine help to reverse Israel’s present adversity.

Second Reading (1 Thessalonians 2:1-8)

Paul, in spite of opposition, is confident that he has been entrusted with the Gospel by God and reminds the Thessalonians how he had brought it to them with gentle integrity. He gave them his very self along with the Gospel.

Gospel (Matthew 22:34-46)

Some Sadducees test Jesus, asking him to name the greatest of God’s laws. He responds by reciting those, he says, that summarize them all: first to love God, and second to love one’s neighbor. Then he silences them by asking how David can call his own son “Lord”.

CONNECTION SUGGESTIONS

• The nature of godly leadership
• The cost of godly leadership
• The role of opposition and testing in following the Lord
• Our love of others is rooted in God’s steadfast love for us

Scripture Sentence (BAS, Canada)

If you love me, you will keep my word, and my Father will love you, and we will come to you. John 14.23

Collect of the Day (BAS, Canada)

Lord God our redeemer,
who heard the cry of your people
and sent your servant Moses
to lead them out of slavery,
free us from the tyranny of sin and death,
and by the leading of your Spirit
bring us to our promised land;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. AMEN

 

Based on the Alternative Set of Readings

First Reading (Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18)

The Lord has Moses set before the Israelites their basic obligation as the “people of God” to be holy, just as he is holy. He goes on to spell out the fuller implications of what this means for their relationships with their neighbors, loving them as themselves.

Psalm (1)

The Psalmist spells out the two paths available for human beings: the way of the Lord or the way of sinners. Obeying the Law results in a blessed and stable life in companionship with God. Disobedience results in judgment, instability and isolation from God.

Second Reading (1 Thessalonians 2:1-8)

Paul, in spite of opposition, is confident that he has been entrusted with the Gospel by God and reminds the Thessalonians how he had brought it to them with gentle integrity. He gave them his very self along with the Gospel.

Gospel (Matthew 22:34-46)

Sadducees test Jesus by asking him to name the greatest of God’s laws. He responds by reciting those he says underlie them all: first to love God, and second to love one’s neighbor. Then he silences them by asking how David can call his own son “Lord”.

CONNECTION SUGGESTIONS

• The relationship of holy living to loving others
• Two opposed ways to live, the way of life and the way of death. Choose one
• The nature of godly leadership
• Our relationship with God comes before and enables our relationships with others

Scripture Sentence (BAS, Canada)

If you love me, you will keep my word, and my Father will love you, and we will come to you. John 14.23

Collect of the Day (BAS, Canada)

Lord God our redeemer,
who heard the cry of your people
and sent your servant Moses
to lead them out of slavery,
free us from the tyranny of sin and death,
and by the leading of your Spirit
bring us to our promised land;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. AMEN

 

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, October 18, 2020

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Based on the Readings as Set

First Reading (Exodus 33:12-23)

The Lord promises Moses that his Presence will remain with Israel, demonstrating her unique status among the nations. In order to reassure him, the Lord grants his request to see the divine glory, but only a glimpse is allowed for his own protection.

Psalm (99)

The Psalmist begins with the affirmation of the Lord as King of all peoples, a King whose love of justice and righteousness has been displayed first of all in Israel. Three times he calls the people to worship in his holy and awesome Presence.

Second Reading (1 Thessalonians 1:1-10)

Paul knows his readers are among God’s chosen because his preaching of the Gospel was in the power of the Spirit and they responded with faith. Having turned from idols to become joyful examples in spite of persecution, they await Jesus’ saving return.

Gospel (Matthew 22:15-22)

Some Pharisees try to discredit Jesus by asking him about an unpopular Roman tax. He asks them whose face and caption are on the coin being used. It is the emperor’s, they admit, and fall silent when Jesus says to give to both emperor and God what is theirs.

 

CONNECTION SUGGESTIONS

  • Everything in all creation belongs to God and joins in worshipping him
  • God calls all peoples to worship him alone
  • The blessings we enjoy are intended to turn others to the Lord
  • The importance of the right attitude when confronted with the truth of God
  • To whom do we owe ultimate allegiance?
  • The holiness of God
  • The Lord is not safe, but he is good (apologies to C.S. Lewis)
  • God is sovereign over all kings and rulers
Scripture Sentence (BAS, Canada)

Shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life. See Philippians 2.15, 16

Collect of the Day (BAS, Canada)

Almighty and everliving God,
increase in us your gift of faith,
that forsaking what lies behind
and reaching out to what is before,
we may run the way of your commandments and win the crown of everlasting joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  AMEN

 

Based on the Alternate Readings

First Reading (Isaiah 45:1-7)

The Lord describes Cyrus the Persian emperor as his anointed servant, through whom he is working on behalf of Israel. The Lord affirms his divine sovereignty over Cyrus and history itself. His actions are intended to make his unique status universally known.

Psalm (96:1-9, [10-13])

In a breathtaking affirmation of the Lord’s absolute sovereignty over all the earth, the Psalmist calls all nations to come to worship him as the only king. He is the all-powerful creator and judge, while other gods are mere idols. Nature itself joyfully worships him.

Second Reading (1 Thessalonians 1:1-10)

Paul knows his readers are among God’s chosen because his preaching of the Gospel was in the power of the Spirit and they responded with faith. Having turned from idols to become joyful examples in spite of persecution, they await Jesus’ saving return.

Gospel (Matthew 22:15-22)

Some Pharisees try to discredit Jesus by asking him about an unpopular Roman tax. He asks them whose face and caption are on the coin being used. It is the emperor’s, they admit, and fall silent when Jesus says to give to both emperor and God what is theirs.

 

CONNECTION SUGGESTIONS

  • Everything in all creation belongs to God and joins in worshipping him
  • To whom do we owe ultimate allegiance?
  • God is sovereign over all earthly kings and rulers
  • God is accomplishing his purposes in history
  • Turning from idols to the living God
  • The joy of following Jesus
Scripture Sentence (BAS, Canada)

Shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life. See Philippians 2.15, 16

Collect of the Day (BAS, Canada)

Almighty and everliving God,
increase in us your gift of faith,
that forsaking what lies behind
and reaching out to what is before,
we may run the way of your commandments and win the crown of everlasting joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  AMEN

Thanksgiving Day, October 12, 2020, Year A

 

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First Reading (Deuteronomy 8:7-18)

Moses warns the Israelites not to forget the Lord when they occupy fruitful Canaan. It was the Lord who brought them out of Egypt, through the wilderness and who gives them the strength to work the land and acquire great wealth. They owe it all to him.

Psalm (65)

The Psalmist calls for praise to the God who answers prayer and forgives sins. Those among whom he dwells are blessed, but all flesh will eventually come to him. As creator he provides for the bounty of the earth, eliciting joy from the whole realm of nature.

Second Reading (2 Corinthians 9:6-15)

Paul encourages the Corinthians to give cheerfully and generously to the Jewish Christians in Jerusalem, remembering that God has blessed them. This will generate blessings for themselves and thanksgiving to God from both Paul and the recipients.

Gospel (Luke 17:11-19)

Ten lepers approach Jesus for healing as he makes his way down to Jerusalem. He tells them to go to the priests for verification of cleansing. On their way they are all healed but, to Jesus’ amazement, only one of them, a Samaritan, returns to give thanks.

CONNECTION SUGGESTIONS

• All that we have, including possessions and abilities, comes from God
• Giving thanks is not to be taken for granted but needs to be encouraged
• Failing to give thanks is often more than an act of forgetfulness
• God has already done so much for us that thanksgiving is always called for
• Thanksgiving for blessings, especially when tangibly expressed for others, brings blessings in turn
• You can’t out-give God

Scripture Sentence (BAS, Canada)

Those who sowed with tears will reap with songs of joy.
Psalm 126.6

Collect of the Day (BAS, Canada)

Creator of the fruitful earth,
you made us stewards of all things.
Give us grateful hearts for all your goodness,
and steadfast wills to use your bounty well,
that the whole human family,
today and in generations to come,
may with us give thanks for the riches of your creation. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. AMEN

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, October 11, 2020

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First Reading (Exodus 32:1-14)

While Moses meets with the Lord on Mt. Sinai, Aaron makes a golden calf to represent the god who delivered them from Egypt. The Lord angrily decides to destroy the people and make a great nation out of Moses alone, but he relents when the latter intercedes.

Psalm (106:1-6, 19-23)

The Psalmist reflects on the steadfast love of the Lord for his chosen people in the light of their great sin with the golden calf. Although they greatly dishonoured, insulted, and angered their Saviour, Moses was able to intercede and prevent their destruction.

Second Reading (Philippians 4:1-9)

Paul urges his readers to stand firm by being of the same mind in the Lord. He urges intercession for two disputing women and advises all to give thanks in everything. That is the way to peace, focussing on what is honorable, commendable and praiseworthy.

Gospel (Matthew 22:1-14)

Jesus tells of a king who invites guests to his son’s wedding feast, but they violently reject his envoys. Enraged, the king invites all and sundry to the feast but one who fails to dress correctly is rejected. Many are called into the kingdom, but few actually enter.

CONNECTION SUGGESTIONS

  • God provides a feast
  • Feasting as a Godly celebration of salvation
  • The importance of interceding with God on behalf of others
  • The serious nature of refusing God’s invitation to follow him
  • Our excuses for disobedience only reveal our spiritual poverty
  • Being unthankful angers God and being thankful brings peace
Scripture Sentence (BAS, Canada)

May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our hearts, that we may know what is the hope to which he has called us. See Ephesians 1.17, 18

 Collect of the Day (BAS, Canada) 

Almighty God,
in our baptism you adopted us for your own. Quicken, we pray, your Spirit within us, that we, being renewed both in body and mind, may worship you in sincerity and truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. AMEN

 

Based on the Alternate Readings

First Reading (Isaiah 25:1-9)

Isaiah exults in the Lord as a God who shelters the needy and has done such amazing deeds that all the nations will be drawn to worship him. They will come for a great feast when death and sorrow are destroyed, a day of salvation for the whole earth.

Psalm (23)

The Psalmist characterizes the Lord as a shepherd who always provides for him and all of his sheep. He abundantly supplies for all their various needs, even in the most dangerous circumstances. Life in his presence is full of goodness and mercy.

Second Reading (Philippians 4:1-9)

Paul urges his readers to stand firm by being of the same mind in the Lord. He urges intercession for two disputing women and advises all to give thanks in everything. That is the way to peace, focussing on what is honorable, commendable and praiseworthy.

Gospel (Matthew 22:1-14)

Jesus tells of a king who invites guests to his son’s wedding feast, but they violently reject his envoys. Enraged, the king invites all and sundry to the feast but one who fails to dress correctly is rejected. Many are called into the kingdom, but few actually enter.

 

CONNECTION SUGGESTIONS

  • God is the God of provision, especially to those in need
  • The invitation to salvation is universal, but the response is not
  • Feasting as a Godly celebration of salvation
  • The importance of interceding on behalf of others
  • The serious nature of refusing God’s invitation to follow him
  • Being unthankful angers God and being thankful brings peace
Scripture Sentence (BAS, Canada)

May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our hearts, that we may know what is the hope to which he has called us. See Ephesians 1.17, 18

 Collect of the Day (BAS, Canada) 

Almighty God,
in our baptism you adopted us for your own. Quicken, we pray, your Spirit within us, that we, being renewed both in body and mind, may worship you in sincerity and truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. AMEN

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, October 4, 2020

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First Reading (Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20)

The Ten Commandments are given for the first time on Mt. Sinai. These laws spell out how the Israelites are to live in relationship to both God and others. The thunder and lightning etc. signify the Lord’s presence and are meant to inspire obedience.

Psalm (19)

The Psalmist likens the Law’s ability to revive the soul to the awesome effect of the sun upon the earth each morning. It enables us to see what is right and wrong, exposing even our hidden faults. The Psalmist, desiring to be right with God, delights in his Law.

Second Reading (Philippians 3:4b-14)

Paul realizes that his advantages as a zealous Jew are mere rubbish compared to knowing Christ and the power of his resurrection. Righteousness comes from faith in Christ, not our own efforts to satisfy the Law. This fact inspires him to press on harder.

Gospel (Matthew 21:33-46)

Jesus tells some Jewish leaders about a man who rented out his vineyard and then saw his agents and even his son attacked when they tried to collect the rent. They seethe, knowing he is talking about them and how Israel has treated both him and the prophets.

CONNECTION SUGGESTIONS

• Divine boundaries are intended for our flourishing
• Sin is always destructive in its effect
• The history of Israel demonstrates humanity’s inability to achieve righteousness through its own efforts
• Christ is the key to God’s plan and eclipses all that came before
• Righteousness is a gift and a blessing

Scripture Sentence (BAS, Canada)

I chose you and appointed you, says the Lord, that you should go and bear fruit, fruit that will last. John 15.16

Collect of the Day (BAS, Canada)

Almighty God,
you have built your Church
on the foundation of the apostles and prophets,
Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone.
Join us together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may become a holy temple, acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. AMEN

Based on the Alternate Readings

 

First Reading (Isaiah 5:1-7)

Isaiah relates how the Lord had established Israel, his beloved, expecting it to yield justice and righteousness. This is like a vineyard that only yielded wild grapes and is now fit only to be exposed to destruction and trampled into waste ground.

Psalm (80:7-15)

The Psalmist yearns for the Lord to restore the nation and save it from destruction. He points out that Israel was his own planting and it had flourished for a time. So why have its protective walls been destroyed enabling it to be trampled by wild beasts?

Second Reading (Philippians 3:4b-14)

Paul realizes that his advantages as a zealous Jew are mere rubbish compared to knowing Christ and the power of his resurrection. Righteousness comes from faith in Christ, not our own efforts to satisfy the Law. This fact inspires him to press on harder.

Gospel (Matthew 21:33-46)

Jesus tells some Jewish leaders about a man who rented out his vineyard and then saw his agents and even his son attacked when they tried to collect the rent. They seethe, knowing he is talking about them and how Israel has treated both him and the prophets.

CONNECTION SUGGESTIONS

• The history of Israel demonstrates humanity’s inability to achieve righteousness through its own efforts
• God’s plan is for his people and all of humanity to flourish
• Jesus Christ is the answer to Israel’s cries for God’s salvation
• The history of Israel is critical to the understanding of the mission and ministry of Jesus

Scripture Sentence (BAS, Canada)

I chose you and appointed you, says the Lord, that you should go and bear fruit, fruit that will last. John 15.16

Collect of the Day (BAS, Canada)

Almighty God,
you have built your Church
on the foundation of the apostles and prophets,
Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone.
Join us together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may become a holy temple, acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. AMEN

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, August 23, 2020

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Based on the Readings as Set

First Reading (Exodus 1:8-2:10)

The Israelites are still in Egypt and have become so numerous that Pharaoh tries to destroy all their male infants. One is put in a basket on the Nile by his mother and then, with the help of the child’s sister, is saved by the Pharaoh’s own daughter. He is Moses.

Psalm (124)

The Psalmist encourages Israel to remember that it was the Lord alone who delivered them from the raging flood of their enemies. They escaped like a bird from a broken snare because the Lord, the creator of all, is their help.

Second Reading (Romans 12:1-8)

Paul affirms that true worship presents our entire beings, body and soul, unto the Lord. Not conformed to this world but transformed by the renewing of our minds, we act in humility and sobriety, exercising our gifts of grace for the good of the body of Christ.

Gospel (Matthew 16:13-20)

Peter identifies Jesus as “Messiah, Son of the living God”. Jesus blesses him for this divine insight and affirms that Peter is the rock on which his church will be built and it will conquer hell itself. As to his identity as Messiah, the disciples are told to keep quiet.

 

CONNECTION SUGGESTIONS

  • God delivers his people from their enemies
  • No foe is superior to God
  • The importance of everyone, from greatest to least, doing their part
  • The people of God carry out the purposes of God
  • The importance of humility

Scripture Sentence (BAS, Canada)

Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. Matthew 16.16

Collect of the Day (BAS, Canada)

Almighty God,
we are taught by your word
that all our doings without love are worth nothing. Send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love,
the true bond of peace and of all virtue;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. AMEN

 

Based on the Alternate Readings

First Reading (Isaiah 51:1-6)

Isaiah calls for those who seek the Lord to look back to Abraham and Sarah as our ancestors in faith. The Lord will cause the land to blossom like Eden as his rule of justice and light is extended to the nations and the present cosmos passes away.

Psalm (138)

The Psalmist thanks the Lord for his faithfulness in answering his prayer for salvation. All the rulers of the earth shall praise the Lord when they see how the lowly are exalted. For these reasons he is certain the Lord will fulfill his purpose for him.

Second Reading (Romans 12:1-8)

Paul affirms that true worship presents our entire beings, body and soul, unto the Lord. Not conformed to this world but transformed by the renewing of our minds, we act in humility and sobriety, exercising our gifts of grace for the good of the body of Christ.

Gospel (Matthew 16:13-20)

Peter identifies Jesus as “Messiah, Son of the living God”. Jesus blesses him for this divine insight and affirms that Peter is the rock on which his church will be built and it will conquer hell itself. As to his identity as Messiah, the disciples are told to keep quiet.

 

CONNECTION SUGGESTIONS

  • The salvation of God’s people will attract the attention of the nations
  • The importance for faith of looking at examples from the past
  • God delivers his people from their enemies
  • No foe is superior to God
  • The importance of everyone, from greatest to least, doing their part
  • The importance of humility

Scripture Sentence (BAS, Canada)

Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. Matthew 16.16

Collect of the Day (BAS, Canada)

Almighty God,
we are taught by your word
that all our doings without love are worth nothing. Send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love,
the true bond of peace and of all virtue;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. AMEN