|July 05, 2020|
| EPISTLE: Romans (10: 1 - 10)
Brothers and Sisters! My heart's desire, my prayer to God of the Israelites, is that they may be saved. Indeed, I can testify that they are zealous for God though their zeal is unenlightened. Unaware of God's justice and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the justice of God. Christ is the end of the law. Through him, justice comes to everyone who believes. Moses writes of the justice that comes from the law, “The one who observes the law shall live by it.” But of the justice that comes from faith he says, “Do not say in your heart, 'Who shall go up into heaven?' (that is, to bring Christ down), or 'Who shall go down into the abyss?' (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).” What is it he does say? “The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach). For if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Faith in the heart leads to justification, confession on the lips to salvation.
GOSPEL: Matthew (8: 28 - 9: 1)
At that time as Jesus approached the Gadarene boundary, he encountered two men coming out of the tombs. They were possessed by demons and were so savage that no one could travel along that road. With a sudden shriek they cried: “Why meddle with us, Son of God? Have you come to torture us before the appointed time? Some distance away a large herd of swine was feeding. The demons kept appealing to him, “If you expel us, send us into the herd of swine.; He answered, “Out with you!; At that they came forth and entered the swine. The whole herd went rushing down the bluff into the sea and were drowned. The swineherds took to their heels, and upon their arrival in the town related everything that had happened, including the story about the two possessed men. The upshot was that the entire town came out to meet Jesus. When they caught sight of him, they begged him to leave their neighbourhood. Then he reentered the boat, made the crossing, and came back to his own town.
|JULY 12, 2020|
|EPISTLE: Romans (12: 6 - 14)
Brothers and Sisters! We have gifts that differ
according to the favor bestowed on each of us.
One’s gift may be prophecy; its use should be in
proportion to his faith. It may be the gift of
ministry; it should be used for service. One who
is a teacher should use his gift for teaching; one
with the power of exhortation, should exhort. He
who gives alms should do so generously; he who
rules should exercise his authority with care; he
who performs works of mercy should do so
cheerfully. Your love must be sincere. Detest
what is evil, cling to what is good. Love one
another with the affection of brothers. Anticipate
each other in showing respect. Do not grow slack
but be fervent in spirit; he whom you serve is the
Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient under trial,
persevere in prayer. Look on the needs of the
saints as your own; be generous in offering
hospitality. Bless your persecutors; bless and do
not curse them.
At that time Jesus reentered the boat, made the
crossing, and came back to his own town. There
the people at once brought to him a paralyzed
man lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith
he said to the paralytic, “Have courage, son,
your sins are forgiven.” At that some of the
scribes said to themselves, “The man
blasphemes.” Jesus was aware of what they
were thinking and said: “Why do you harbor evil
thoughts? Which is less trouble to say, ‘Your sins
are forgiven’ or ‘Stand up and walk’? To help you
realize that the Son of Man has authority on
earth to forgive sins” -- he then said to the
paralyzed man -- “Stand up! Roll up your mat,
and go home.” The man stood up and went
toward his home. At the sight, a feeling of awe
came over the crowd, and they praised God for
giving such authority to men.
July 19, 2020
EPISTLE: Hebrews (13: 7 - 16)
GOSPEL: John (17: 1 - 13)
July 26, 2020
| EPISTLE: 1 Corinthians (1: 10 - 18)
Brothers and Sisters! I beg you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to agree in what you say. Let there be no factions; rather, be united in mind and judgment. I have been informed, my brothers, by certain members of Chloe’s household that you are quarreling among yourselves. This is what I mean: One of you will say, "I belong to Paul,” another, "I belong to Apollos,” still another, "Cephas has my allegiance,” and the fourth, "I belong to Christ.” Has Christ, then, been divided into parts? Was it Paul who was crucified for you? Was it in Paul’s name that you were baptized? Thank God I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, so there are none who can say that you were baptized in my name. Oh, and I baptized the household of Stephanus. Beyond that, I am not aware of having baptized anyone else. For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel -- not with wordy "wisdom,” however, lest the cross of Christ be rendered void of its meaning. The message of the cross is complete absurdity to those who are headed for ruin, but to us who are experiencing salvation, it is the power of God.
GOSPEL: Matthew (14: 14 - 22)
At that time as Jesus saw the vast throng, his heart was moved with pity, and he cured their sick. As evening drew on, his disciples came to him with the suggestion: "This is a deserted place and it is already late. Dismiss the crowds so that they may go to the villages and buy some food for themselves.” Jesus said to them: "There is no need for them to disperse. Give them something to eat yourselves.” "We have nothing here,” they replied, "but five loaves and a couple of fish.” "Bring them here,” he said. Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. He took the five loaves and two fish, looked up to heaven, blessed and broke them and gave the loaves to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the people. All those present ate their fill. The fragments remaining, when gathered up, filled twelve baskets. Those who ate were about five thousand, not counting women and children. Immediately afterward, while dismissing the crowds, Jesus insisted that his disciples get into the boat and precede him to the other side.