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Scripture Summary for the 4th Sunday after Pentecost – Year C (July 7)
2 Kings 5: 1-14: This is an intriguing story about a mighty army man called Naaman. He is not an Israelite and has fought against them. He has contracted leprosy and is looking for healing. Luckily his wife's servant girl (an Israelite captured in a raid!) knows where he can look. He goes about this endeavour arrogantly, using his power and wealth to try to influence the prophet Elisha. That doesn't work. He is only healed when he obeys the simple, humbling, and unexpected instructions of the prophet.
Psalm 30: Once again the Psalmist is surrounded by enemies. He questions God's faithfulness. Yet he realizes that even though God seems angry; this anger is temporary. God's favour encompasses eternity. As he comes to this insight, he pictures himself going from funeral attire to dancing apparel.
Galatians 6: 1-16: Here St. Paul gives very practical steps in living the Christian life in community. Be gentle with others' failings. Don't put yourself in the way of temptation. Don't be arrogant, for you will reap what you sow. He then gives some information about himself. His whole purpose in life is to manifest Christ. It is all about being a new creations in Jesus Christ.
Luke 10:1-11, 16-20: Jesus expands his mission beyond the 12 disciples. He commissions 35 teams of two to proclaim that “the kingdom of God has come near.” They will do this by their deeds and their words. They are to accept hospitality when it is given, and not to worry when it is not given. They met with great success and joy.
Scripture Summary for the 5th Sunday after Pentecost– Year C (July 14th)
Amos 7: 7-17: In the same way that a carpenter would use a plumbline to evaluate the soundness of a wall; Amos uses the metaphor of a plumbline for evaluating Israel's spiritual state. The wall is crooked. God's law says protect the vulnerable. Yet no justice is seen in the land. Even the priest tells Amos to leave the country. “Go and do your prophesying in the southern kingdom, we don't want you here. Why? For “the land is not able to bear his words”.
Psalm 82: Here God claims to be master of the entire cosmos. Even in the councils of heaven, the message is the same. Don't side with the wicked. Give justice to the most vulnerable – widows and orphans. Take care of the needy and destitute. We are mortals, yet our actions are godlike if we follow these commandments.
Colossians 1:1-14: Paul begins his letter to the Colossian church with a prayer for those who will receive his epistle. He has heard of their faith, and he thanks God for their faithfulness. He prays an amazing blessing over them: that they may be filled with knowledge of God; that they live lives pleasing to God; that they bear good fruit; that they be strengthened by God's own power. He prays that their new life will reflect all that God has done to transform them into his image.
Luke 10:25-37: A lawyer asks Jesus an interesting question. What must I do to inherit eternal life? Jesus turns the question back to the questioner and he gives the correct answer. Love God. Love your neighbour. We then find out that this was really a question meant to justify the lawyer, so he asks a second question. So, who is my neighbour? Jesus' answer is the story of the good Samaritan. Far from justifying himself, the lawyer is now invited to ponder new categories and a different way of seeing reality.
Scripture Summary for the 6th Sunday after Pentecost – Year C (July 21st)
Amos 8: 1-12: In last week's lection Amos compared the people of Israel to a crooked wall. Today they are summer fruit; rapidly going rotten. Why? Again Amos reminds them of how they are treating the vulnerable. The needy are trampled. The poor brought to ruin. The marginalized peoples' lives are traded for a pair of sandals. God will therefore send a famine to this land. It will not be a normal famine, a lack of bread and water. It will be a famine of hearing God's word. People will long for it, but the God who always has spoken to this people will now be silent.
Psalm 52: The Psalmist throws out a taunt against the high and mighty. He describes them to a tee-mischievous, treacherous, sharp-tongues, lovers of evil rather than good. He leaves their fate to God, who will ultimately uproot them. In the meantime the Psalmist will trust in God. He will be like a green olive tree, not uprooted, but alive and fruitful.
Colossians 1:15-28: This is one of the great Christological passages of the New Testament. Here Paul states that in Christ we are seeing the invisible God. Christ was one with God in creating the world, and all the cosmos is held together by him and for him. And it will be through him that all of creation will finally be reconciled and made new. This new hopeful picture for our world has begun with us. Through Christ's innocent death he has begun our transformation – forgiveness, and filled with God's spirit.
Luke 10:38-42: Today Luke introduces us to two sisters, Martha and Mary. They are different temperamentally and this shows in their actions. Martha is distracted and worried, trying to please their special guest Jesus. Mary chooses to sit and listen to him talk. When Martha complains to Jesus about Mary not helping her, He says that that Mary has actually chosen the wise and lasting response.
Scripture Summary for the 7th Sunday after Pentecost – Year C (July 28th)
Hosea 1:2-10: God invites Hosea to take part in the drama of Israel's relationship with God. Israel has been unfaithful, therefore, you Hosea go out and find an unfaithful wife. Yet as Hosea is not to give up on faithless Gomer, so God cannot give up on faithless Israel. The people go from being called “not my people” to “children of the Living God.”
Psalm 85: The Psalmist recalls God's past favour to Israel. He asks God to do the same for his people now. He wants to experience God's steadfast love and salvation. He wants to see the land flourish again. Surely if God is involved, then it will be possible for heaven and earth to meet together. “Faithfulness will spring from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky.”
Colossians 2:6-19: St. Paul exhorts the Colossians to continue in their life with Christ. He makes the audacious claim that “in Him the whole fullness of the deity dwells bodily.” To have Christ is to have all. So do not let others confuse you or say that a certain type of worship experience is the only valid one. These are only temporary things pointing to the eternal Christ.
Luke 11:1-13: One of the disciples sees Jesus praying and asks him, “Lord, teach us to pray.” Jesus responds with what we know as the Lord's Prayer. All areas of life are covered succinctly and profoundly. Then Jesus tells a short story (parable) about the importance of persevering in prayer and in asking God for what we need and desire.