Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, October 7, 2018, Proper 22, Year B

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Based on the Readings as Set

First Reading (Job 1:1, 2:1-10)

Job, although not an Israelite or living in Israel, is a righteous man whom Satan afflicts with awful sores in order to turn him against the Lord. His wife wants him to curse God and die but he remains steadfast that we must accept both good and bad from the Lord.

Psalm (26)

The Psalmist asserts his integrity before the Lord and is willing to undergo testing in order to prove it. He proclaims his innocence and refuses to associate with evil people. He pleads not to be swept away in judgment with the sinners and hypocrites.

Second Reading (Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12)

The writer states that God’s final word is to us is Jesus, his Son and heir. Superior even to angels, he has accomplished salvation for all people and, as man, fulfilling their status over all creation. Through his suffering he sanctified them to be his brothers and sisters.

Gospel (Mark 10:2-16)

Jesus bases his teaching about divorce on the creation account, showing that marriage joins a man and a woman in one flesh. Divorce separates what God has joined and violates his intent. He also says that God’s kingdom can only be entered like a child.

CONNECTION SUGGESTIONS

  • We do not always fulfill our purpose in marriage
  • We can rarely perceive God’s purpose in innocent suffering
  • Human beings are valued by God over all other earthly creatures
  • With the coming of Jesus we have entered the new and final phase of revelation in God’s plan to restore creation

Based on the Alternative Readings

First Reading (Genesis 2:18-24)

Realizing that the newly created man needed a partner and helper, the Lord God created a woman out of the man’s rib. Accordingly, the man named her Woman and we are told that this is why a man leaves his parents to become one flesh with his wife.

Psalm (8)

The Lord is altogether majestic using even children to thwart those who oppose him. He made humankind lower than the angels, crowned them with glory and honour and gave them dominion over the creation. This, too, demonstrates his majesty.

Second Reading (Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12)

The writer states that God’s final word is to us is Jesus, his Son and heir. Superior even to angels, he has accomplished salvation for all people and, as man, fulfilling their status over all creation. Through his suffering he sanctified them to be his brothers and sisters.

Gospel (Mark 10:2-16)

Jesus bases his teaching about divorce on the creation account, showing that marriage joins a man and a woman in one flesh. Divorce separates what God has joined and violates his intent. He also says that God’s kingdom can only be entered like a child.

CONNECTION SUGGESTIONS

  • Marriage is a profound union of man and woman for their mutual benefit
  • Children have a special place in God’s salvation
  • With the coming of Jesus we have entered the new and final phase of revelation in God’s plan to restore the creation
  • God’s design is for our benefit

 

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