Readings for June18, 2017 Year A Second Sunday after Pentecost

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First Reading and Psalm

  • Genesis 18:1-15 (21:1-7) or Exodus 19:2-8a
  • Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 or Psalm 100

Second Reading

  • Romans 5:1-8

Gospel

  • Matthew 9:35-10:8 (9-23)

Full lections can be read here.

Based on the Readings as Set

YHWH appears to Abraham as he is being hospitable to three strangers. One of them states that Abraham’s wife Sarah will bear a son. Sarah secretly laughs at this idea because she is barren and far too old. (In due course Sarah does have a son and Abraham ironically names him Isaac, or “laughter”. Sarah acknowledges that YHWH has indeed brought her laughter at the last.) The Psalmist rejoices in YHWH who has set him free and saved him. Although he cannot possibly repay the debt he will fulfill his vows in the presence of YHWH’s people. St. Paul reminds the Romans that, having obtained peace with God through faith in Jesus Christ, they now have hope of sharing in his glory. Even their sufferings, by producing endurance and character, have contributed to this hope. Furthermore, God’s love is already abundantly theirs through the presence of the Holy Spirit. In order to meet the overwhelming needs of the people of Israel Jesus sends out his disciples to extend his healing and preaching mission. (He instructs them to be totally dependent on others to provide both food and shelter. While they are like sheep among wolves the Holy Spirit will give them words to say when opposed by the authorities.)

As Introductions and/or Bulletin Use

First Reading

Yahweh appears to Abraham as he is being hospitable to three strangers. One of them states that Abraham’s wife Sarah will bear a son. Sarah secretly laughs at this idea because she is barren and far too old. (In due course Sarah does have a son and Abraham ironically names him Isaac, or “laughter”. Sarah acknowledges that Yahweh has indeed brought her laughter at the last.)

Psalm

The Psalmist rejoices in Yahweh who has set him free and saved him. Although he cannot possibly repay the debt he will fulfill his vows in the presence of Yahweh’s people.

Second Reading

St. Paul reminds the Romans that, having obtained peace with God through faith in Jesus Christ, they now have hope of sharing in his glory. Even their sufferings, by producing endurance and character, have contributed to this hope. Furthermore, God’s love is already abundantly theirs through the presence of the Holy Spirit.

Gospel

In order to meet the overwhelming needs of the people of Israel Jesus sends out his disciples to extend his healing and preaching mission. (He instructs them to be totally dependent on others to provide both food and shelter. While they are like sheep among wolves the Holy Spirit will give them words to say when opposed by the authorities.)

Based on the Alternative Readings

Meeting with Yahweh on the mountain, Moses is told to remind the people of how Yahweh has carried them out of bondage in Egypt on eagles’ wings. In response they are to keep his covenant and be a priestly kingdom, his treasured possession out of all the nations. They promise as one to obey. The Psalmist calls upon the whole earth to rejoice in worshipping Yahweh who has made us and called us to be his people. He is the God who is good and whose love endures forever. St. Paul reminds the Romans that, having obtained peace with God through faith in Jesus Christ, they now have hope of sharing in his glory. Even their sufferings, by producing endurance and character, have contributed to this hope. Furthermore, God’s love is already abundantly theirs through the presence of the Holy Spirit. In order to meet the overwhelming needs of the people of Israel Jesus sends out his disciples to extend his healing and preaching mission. (He instructs them to be totally dependent on others to provide both food and shelter. While they are like sheep among wolves the Holy Spirit will give them words to say when opposed by the authorities.)

 As Introductions and/or Bulletin Use

First Reading

Meeting with Yahweh on the mountain, Moses is told to remind the people of how Yahweh has carried them out of bondage in Egypt on eagles’ wings. In response they are to keep his covenant and be a priestly kingdom, his treasured possession out of all the nations. They promise as one to obey.

Psalm

The Psalmist calls upon the whole earth to rejoice in worshipping Yahweh who has made us and called us to be his people. He is the God who is good and whose love endures forever.

Second Reading

St. Paul reminds the Romans that, having obtained peace with God through faith in Jesus Christ, they now have hope of sharing in his glory. Even their sufferings, by producing endurance and character, have contributed to this hope. Furthermore, God’s love is already abundantly theirs through the presence of the Holy Spirit.

Gospel

In order to meet the overwhelming needs of the people of Israel Jesus sends out his disciples to extend his healing and preaching mission. (He instructs them to be totally dependent on others to provide both food and shelter. While they are like sheep among wolves the Holy Spirit will give them words to say when opposed by the authorities.)

 

 

 

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