Sunday, August 12, 2007
The Proper of the Day: Pentecost XI
Today is the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, and on this day we listened to excerpts from the prophet Isaiah, the letter to the Hebrews, and from the Gospel of Luke. The Isaiah lesson is part of a small 2-week interlude, as week after next we begin several lessons from Jeremiah. Hebrews is news this week but we will be visiting that letter as well over the next few weeks. The lesson from Luke is a continuation of last week's lesson, and in it Luke continues to talk about our relationship with money but also turns toward an almost Advent-esque set of advice about being ready for the final coming of the Realm of God. Fr. Jerry urged us in his sermon to be ready and to be wary of the things on our lives that are taking the rightful place of God. I'm not quite sure why the Isaiah lesson is stuck in there in between amos and Jeremiah, but there it is.
Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.